For Grand Mal
's third full-length, Bad Timing
, the band works with its rock & roll strut and campy appeal for a divine garage rock romp. It's obvious that these New York City boys worship the sexy rule of 1970s rock gods -- David Bowie
, Mick Jagger
-- but they're not entirely consumed by such an image either. Grand Mal
is strict in defining its own brand of rock & roll on this record, and producer Dave Fridmann
(the Flaming Lips
, Mercury Rev
) keeps Grand Mal
in line. While B.R.M.C.
turns up the amp all the way, Grand Mal
sticks to a lower volume to allow Bad Timing
to simply arrive. Songs like "Old Fashioned" and "1st Round K.O. offer a subtle swagger, whereas "Get Lost" and the gospel-tinged "Black Aura" tame the band's ambitious playing style for something more inviting. Grand Mal
isn't going for anything bombastic with Bad Timing
, but it's a good dose, a healthy spoonful of new millennium indie rock.