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Tempist Fujit - Album Review: Time Flies

27 Nov 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser

Up until this month 4-piece Northland band Tempist Fujit had released the No More Time EP and a single titled Midnight Train.

This month the team of Lisa Walters (vocals, guitar), Douglas Gordon (guitar, backing vocals), Harlen Keepa (bass) and Chris Butler (drums) have finally released their first full length album.

Right from the first track, Confused, the band are raring to go, as I listen through the album the irony of the opening track becomes more obvious, as there’s no confusion present at all. This is a band that knows where it’s going.

Tempist Fujit, obvious play on the Latin ‘Tempus Fugit’ or Time Flies, cut their teeth playing covers before writing their own material, and it shows in the band’s commercially appealing rock sound.

Performances on this album are faultless and Lisa Walters’ voice is seriously good. Pretty sure I can hear some training there. She’s got a great range, and although she’s singing in the harder rock genre there’s little audible sound of strain. She has a mean belt when she lets rip and has a huge voice with a warm tone.

Many of the songs have space for the individual instruments to breathe, and Doug Gordon’s guitar breathes very well, he’s a skilled player who can take a lead break as the song demands. This is especially noticeable on Everyone Get On and Bring It On A New Day.

The engine room of drummer Glenn Child, and bass player Andrew Hutton are rock solid, it’s almost like they’re playing with one mind. They lock in to a groove and can just sit on it.

The band show’s is multicultural roots with rapping on Dayne’s song and in Home where the rapping is in Te Reo Maori, and almost akin to a haka in parts.

Time Flies was recorded at Mountfield Studios, produced and engineered by Mel Rogers. Kane Bennett mixed it at Limelight studios, and from there the recordings went to Steve Corrao, of Music Row in Nashville Tennessee.

One of the coolest things I’ve found on my 5th or 6th listen through is that if anything was ‘fixed in post’ it’s really not at all noticeable.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Tempist Fujit

Tempist Fujit (a play on the Latin word Tempus Fugit, meaning time flies) are a 4 piece dynamic rock band hailing from Northland.

After creating a following with their hard hitting cover versions Tempist Fujit took some time off the road to go into the studio to record their debut album. They recently returned to the live scene for the release of their debut single Midnight Train, to a sold out audience, with much enthusiasm and praise from the crowd. They are now taking to the road again with the new original show.

Tempist Fujit have been privileged enough to perform alongside prominent NZ acts like The Feelers, Midnight Youth, Tahuna Breaks and Dave Dobbyn to name a few. “We can’t wait for people to hear the new music, very exciting times!” says the band. Keep an eye on their official website and Facebook page for performance updates.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Tempist Fujit

Releases

Time Flies
Year: 2018
Type: Album
No More Time
Year: 2016
Type: EP

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