Wednesday, July 13, 2005


Tim and Isis the lovely Pit Bull Terrier.

The 1-2-3-4 - Surge

The 1-2-3-4 - Kinda Flipped Out For A Second

The 1-2-3-4 is the work of one man, Mr. Tim Durland from Brooklyn New York, I didn't have to go that far to discover his music though as he occasionally pops in to SVC and leaves a comment, so thanks for that Tim.

In Tim's own words he describes his influences for The 1-2-3-4 as Serge Gainsbourg, Nick Drake, Wire, Tones On Tail, Tarwater, Mark Stewart, Tommy James, Underworld, Steely Dan, The Fall, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Prince, Lou Reed/VU, Leonard Cohen, J.G.Ballard, Georges Bataille, Robert Aickman.

Some of those influences are evident in the above tracks too, especially in "Kinda Flipped Out For a Second" where Tim evokes a ghostly slightly out of focus memory of The Cure from their "Faith" period, which in my opinion is their finest moment.
While "Surge" wouldn't sound too out of place on a Mark Stewart/OMD collaboration circa 1980... in my tiny brain anyway, but it's nice in here, and I refuse to leave... not with this music playing in there anyway.

Tim's a busy bloke, not only is he writing and recording his own songs as The 1-2-3-4, but he has been producing/engineering/re-mixing tracks for his neighbour's band The Bluffs, who have a track on the "Music For Robots vol.1" compilation, and not content with that he is also playing drums in another neighbour's band Things Outside The Skin who are kind of like a cross between Consolidated, Skinny Puppy and Ministry.... basically a right royal industrial goth rave-up.
He also does a monthly guest DJ gig at a lovely party in Manhattan called Shit
, and says "it's honestly the best party in the city, even if it is on a

So there you have it....
Tim Durland....
A closet goth masquerading as a pop singer.
And there's nowt wrong with that.

Visit - The 1-2-3-4
Visit - The 1-2-3-4 @ Myspace
Visit - Things Outside The Skin
Visit - The Bluffs


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