Someone pass me a drink, answering “Who are The Tills?” in a handful of words just seems a bit redundant doesn’t it? I mean we all have our favorite rock bands, right... oh and what does rock even mean? Sure this band is more “garage” than “punk” but they’re still “pop” you know because they’ve got a hook or whatever. And then we just go on and on with vague genre descriptors or about what bands the band sounds like if you were to cherry pick different songs from different albums and make some kind of frankenstein record collection, and then we pretend like we’ve described them adequately - NOT. I don’t know what The Tills “sound like,” I just know how I feel leaving the show. And we all go to a lot of shows. But we don’t actually go to a lot of SHOWS. The ones where your shirt’s too drenched to even care anymore, the ones where whose beer is this? The SHOW shows where the band is a band and the audience is an audience, no matter how the spattered gathering of human beings felt about their collective status before paying the cover charge. That was then and this is now, and this is a rock show, pure palpable and unadulterated.
If we’ve got to do this, THE TILLS are a rock band from (Thr)Asheville, North Carolina, unofficial resting place of the psychedelic spirits from some other party. The Tills are four men, four musicians, who with amplified instruments and a kit of drums perform absolutely killer rock songs. They have a lot of extremely stellar rock songs, some of which are criminally unknown, and some of which found their way beyond their zen state mountain haven onto a mixtape earlier this year. Some real bangers, songs to really get stoked to.
Now there’s this new thing, and this new Extended Play recording is very good. Having recorded some pretty O.K. bands in his career, at this point we can assume Mitch Easter knows how to do a thing or two. If nothing else, we know that Mitch Easter has by some dark art captured The Tills in some kind of lightning in a bottle, lightning on analog tape, moment. There are loud noises, fun noises, not as loud noises, but always fun noises, noises that demand some kind of reaction, and elicit one, or many.
This collection of six songs known by their title track as HOWLIN’ was released as a red 7” vinyl record and digital E.P. on dark horse Winston-Salem, North Carolina record label PHUZZ RECORDS. The same stellar songs that picked The Tills to play the album release show of astral travelers The Love Language (Merge) last year also guided The Tills to play the Hopscotch Music Festival, where they supported similarly rocking bands Reigning Sound and Jacuzzi Boys. I’m sure they’ll play more shows soon.
"In both confident falsetto and eyes-closed belting, lead singer Harry Harrison sings a cautionary tale about trying not to make choices that screw you over later in life: “Got a funny feeling that I don’t think this is working for me/ I can't see my life at 40/I can’t tell a single story.” He repeats a chorus of “Why do you care?”, as if to give the ‘idc’-using masses their theme song and drive home the point that nothing’s worth all that anguished sweat." - Impose
"Asheville, North Carolina four-piece The Tills have developed a reputation around the Southeast for their classic rock inclinations and garage-pop vibe. Now, the band is set to release Howlin’ this week via Winston-Salem’s Phuzz Records. The 7” will include four songs, including the title track, and each record will come with a download card for two additional tracks. Recorded at the Fidelitorium in Kernersville, N.C., all six songs on the EP were recorded between two 12-hour sessions." - Paste Magazine
"Founded as The Critters, the Asheville garage-pop outfit was forced into a name-change when another Critters, a somewhat successful ‘60s band, threatened to sue. But with the new name... The Tills are reinvigorated. With the new chapter, the band summons the energy and enthusiasm of rookies, while their experience grants precision and confidence. Deftly toeing the line between rowdy Black Lips garage rock and crisp Strokes pop, The Tills offer sharp garage-pop brimming with energy but never stumbling into chaos." - Hopscotch Music Festival
"The Tills (formerly The Critters) play every song like rock ‘n’ roll was just discovered and their veins run with undiluted caffeine. And that’s the elevator pitch for the local band’s new 7-inch, Howlin’ (out on Phuzz Records): A hyper-bombastic dash through Animals-era rock, made more jangly, more garage-y and, ultimately, more fun. The album’s four songs (six with downloads) are at once exhausting and not enough... The Tills will get you sweaty and breathless, no workout-wear required." - Mountain Xpress Asheville
"Hot damn this some tasty garage rock. Sounds like it was pulled straight from a garage in the 60s, a bit of beachy vibe, a bit of punk, & 3 helpings of energy... These will be some of my top Garage tracks of the year. Get it and then brag about it once all your friends like them and this is sold out." - Sly Vinyl
"Howlin’ is the group’s first release as The Tills. Much in the same vein musically as Visions of Light, it’s a step up for the band in pretty much every department. Recorded and mixed by famed North Carolinian Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Pavement, Birds of Avalon) at his world class Fidelitorium Recordings, the disc balances clarity and filth in a way that recalls those brief but important years between 1977 and the overproduced mid-80’s. In other words Howlin’ is produced just enough. You can hear everything and the mix is excellent, with a lot of punch and an emphasis on live in the studio takes. Think Steve Albini’s production if he didn’t hate vocals so much. This brings me to another great aspect of this record, its vocal performances. Whereas a lot of bands get all shy in the studio (mic-o-phobia?) The Tills ham it up for the tape just like they do on stage. Yea, it’s way over the top but this is rock n’ roll right? Why so serious? The Tills have been working their groove for a minute and while two 7”s over the course of six years can hardly be called quantity, rest assured that Howlin’ is quality. Pressed on thick fuchsia vinyl by taste making Winston-Salem label Phuzz Records, it’s an impressive disc not only in sound but in looks as well. Highly recommended." - Fabricoh Magazine
"As I made my way into the venue, I followed a group of people down a long, skinny, hallway, with a stream of water running the entire length from a leak in the ceiling. Little did I know, this was probably the perfect introduction to the band I was about to see. The Tills are the exact opposite of what I just saw; super energetic, grimy, 60s garage rock that teetered on the edge of collapsing into chaos. I loved it." - Willow Wood Music