By Diana Ramos |Staff Writer|
Post-punk band Timur and the Dime Museum combines alternative indie, rock and contemporary classical sounds with a Bjork-like fierceness.
They performed in the CSUSB spring showcase on Wednesday May 28.
The band formed in 2010 for a collaboration with the Klaus Nomi songwriter Kristian Hoffman.
Guitar, bass, accordion, keys, ukulele and drums accompany the classical voice of Timur.
Lead singer Timur does not only have an angelic voice when interpreting songs, he also dances in a mystical way, gets lost in the lyrics and feels the music.
You can see this portrayed in his facial features. You get a Dracula vibe from Timur because he is the one who looks more gothic than the rest and he sings in an opera voice.
He wore a sash that gave off a gothic priest look.
Not all of their songs are eerie. Some have a lullaby feel to them.
Timur and the Dime Museum give off a diverse vibe when listening to them perform live.
Bass player David Tranchina and Keyboard player Daniel Corral have outfits that incorporate more intense colors such as yellow and red. The rest of the band composed of Lead vocals Timur, Andrew Lessman on Drums and Electric guitar Alexander Noice were dressed in dark black and were mysterious.
Corral not only played the keyboard but also played the accordion and ukulele.
The band has an eerie, dark and mysterious sound. They don’t limit themselves to only one sound during the middle of their set because you also got a groovy Hawaiian vibe from them.
They go from intense instrumental solos to soothing contemporary music and shoo bop Elvis type sound.
Some songs are darkly satirical, while others are more direct.
Attendee Bridgette Astorga said, “I was scared , the lead singer had a scary look. When he would look out into the crowd, I felt like he was looking directly at me. I liked the performance. It was different. It was a bit intimidating and dark at times. I’m not used to this type of performance but it was great none the less.”
“AGNUS DEI: Fertilize My Heart” is a song that had lyrics that stood out to me,
“You don’t even know what to say on tsunamis and earthquakes, drought and floods and hurricanes all of these things can be explained Holocene Maximum! We’re not to blame for what’s to come (Go back to sleep) This is not happening in the house of moloch little by little you won’t even notice the acidified seas and the permafrost warming.”
This song makes it seem as if it’s a dream and it isn’t happening but it’s also a wake-up call because this could happen.
I enjoyed watching them perform live, the way they were all over the place, and their lyrics.
They used a variety of instruments that all fell into place and ran smoothly throughout the showcase.
It was different but in a good way.