The Working Stiffs | Time Off

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Time Off

by The Working Stiffs

Stinging satire and quirky stories over rock and soul infused with jazz and fusion.
Genre: Rock: Album Rock
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1. Lucky Day
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2. Dark Slide
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3. Earthquakeland
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4. Laugh Lines
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5. The Bag
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6. Soul Gazing
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7. Hang
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8. Where It Hurts
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9. Suffering Fools
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10. Wrong Things Right
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11. Cariocas
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Working Stiffs recorded Time Off in a small beach house on the Oregon coast in a weekend. It is the band having fun making music. It is also a nod to the rock, jazz, fusion, and soul artists who inspire them.

In October 2012, The Working Stiffs debuted Time Off at Portland’s Blue Monk to an enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd. The band has quietly built a local reputation based on consistent hard work and the passion to play.

When Portland’s KGW Channel 8 interviewed the band one summer evening, it became the first of Portland Parks and Recreation’s Movies in the Park line-up to receive such recognition. McMenamins’ White Eagle Saloon is a favorite haunt, and the band is exploring new venues.

Jim Wilcox and Stan Jones formed The Working Stiffs in 1992, and the band blossomed in 2011 when bassist Jeff Ommert joined. From the start, The Working Stiffs brushed off conventional wisdom and was a band even when there was no time to play.

Rolling stones gather no moss, and The Working Stiffs are already back in StiffWerks to follow their muse to the next album. In the meantime, The Working Stiffs look forward to perform music from their two albums, Tsunami Tsessions and Time Off… and to debut material from the next album.


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Mark Witsoe

Good Album
I really like this album after being referred by a friend. It reminds me of the best work by Steely Dan with complex melodies that really compliment the interesting lyrics. You won't find this much talent evident in mostly overproduced but simplistic music heard on most radio stations today. I enjoy this CD the most while commuting home from work. Its my way of connecting back to regular life.

A Blue Smoothie

IMPRESSIVE
I just listened to these guys and I was really impressed! With a unique sound and style they really hit their stride by track 7 "HANG", my personal favorite. Listen to the power around 3:00! You just knew it was coming! Great to sit back and reflect on. Then on to bluesy "where it hurts" and you get your feet back on the ground! Check it out, you won't be disappointed!

Erik Johnson

Great reflection on proper album rock
Very impressive work by a great band! The stylistic and musical references to the artists and music that influenced the band were pulled off with respect, topped off with good taste. You get a sense of being in the Oregon beach house with these guys, just jamming to a '70's vibe, enjoying a brew, and having a great time. The Working Stiffs definitely reflect on their life experiences in their music, so part of the fun is sharing in their reflection and wondering, "Woah, I wonder what happened there?". Combining great musicianship, reflective songwriting, and excellent engineering, this is a very enjoyable album that must be enjoyed with friends, food, and, of course, just a little beer. On the front porch of a beach house on a warm summer night.

Jackie Barretta

Captivating
These guys have a unique sound that takes me right along with them. The lyrics draw me in, the rhythm gets me going, and the guitar fires me up. Can't wait to see them in person.

Rick Klettke

Outstanding
This album is a very unique blend of rock and jazz that reflects the inspiration of some extraordinarily talented musician's. Kick back, listen and enjoy.

Hardyman the Crusader

Sophomore Effort Hits New Highs
Great effort on this second installment. Clean production meets catchy hooks and obscure humor/lyrics. The illlegitimate offspring of Steely meeting Zappa's spawn. Smart music for listening, dancing, loving? These guys are defininitely evolving with an interesting progression. Highly recommended.

Bill Arnold

Pour a brown beverage, put your feet up and you'll find ...
yourself immersed in your own life's story. Lyrics that will trigger memories. Lyrics that will put you in that bar, with that woman and in that situation. All wrapped up in an aromatic delivery with subtle "steely dan" undertones and an occasional "santana" overtone. Solid blues and jazz riffs woven throughout. You can tell these guys have history and a lot of fun practicing their art. Lead singer sounds like he smokes too much ... but in a quirky kind of way it adds to the feeling that you heard them play in your local tavern on that night ... with that woman.

El Comandante

Stiff Competition
Catch the Working Stiffs at a local club or one of Rose City's parks on a breezy summer night, and you'll discover what many Portlanders already know: these guys are in a class of their own. The Stiffs play honest rock n' roll charged with just the right mix of soul, jazz and witty, unpretentious songwriting. "Time Off" captures this delivery to great effect, melding danceable grooves with unexpected riffs and spot-on, off-kilter lyrics that would make Warren Zevon proud. Stand out tracks include Lucky Day, Laugh Lines, and The Bag.

Jack Malone

Love this band! Love this record!
As a musician, I hold these guys in high regard. The record has the feel of good friends doing what they love to do. Very comfortable but yet complex enough to hold interest. The lead singer shows he has great chops, but he's not in your face every minute with it.
I really have to agree with the review Bill Arnold wrote. He said it way better than I did.
Buy it.