Ambition, and the resultant risk taking that evidences that ambition, is essential to establishing yourself as a new band. Leicester two-piece Timmas exhibit that in spades.

Their debut EP is the result of three years of working together, and that work ethos and intimate relationship between vocalist / guitarist Tim Baker and drummer / vocalist Tom Carnell shines through in the performance.

Opener Wilau is a wall of psychedelic guitar pedal noise which acts as an introduction to a record which takes a very different direction once it gets up to speed. It’s not out of place as such, but it definitely catches you with a sharp left turn when first track ‘proper’ Vampire eventually does kick in.

Across the remaining four tracks there’s more than a slight nod to 70’s rock, with definite undertones of Zeppelin and Sabbath. To say those reference points are tough acts to follow is an understatement, but hints of more modern influences save Timmas from paying pure lip service to their idols.

These are strong efforts, and they form a concise and competent first release. There is a great deal of promise here.

Timmas EP is out now. The band will be blogging and releasing live recordings from their first European tour throughout the coming months.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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