While firmly rooted in the present, Vancouver, BC group Odds certainly know a thing about the past. Founded in 1987 with their first album release in 1991 the group has spanned over 30 years of not only music but culture. The group also made the soundtrack for cult classic sketch series Kids In The Hall as well as Brent Butt’s Corner Gas series.
Now, Odds are thrilled to finally unveil their long-awaited seventh studio album, Crash the Time Machine – listen now. As the title implies, this new release firmly embraces the future and the possibilities of catharsis. “We seem to, for some reason, resolve even our most dire songs with a weird sense of optimism, at least that’s what we hope happens.” says singer and guitarist Northey.
Experiencing the loss of cherished, long-time friends such as Spirit of the West’s John Mann, the defiantly joyful highlighted track “Staring at a Blank Page” brings to bear that one could deal with immovable obstacles by altering one’s own perspective. What can’t physically change can be metaphysically changed.
Crash the Time Machine is a vibrant painting of struggle and the community that both feeds it and transcends it. The band goes in new and exciting musical directions while retaining the dark ironic signature that has earned them a place in the hearts of listeners for over three decades.
The band enlisted co-producer Steven Page. A good friend of the band since early 1990s, Page and Northey have remained frequent musical collaborators; Craig is a member of the Steven Page Trio, while Page is no stranger to sitting in with the Odds and employing them in his recordings. After collating their various musical explorations into a unified whole, Page and the Odds handed the whole thing to trusted mix engineer Paul Forgues, and the end result is a cohesive blend that redefines Odds music for 2023.
Page isn’t the Odds’ only musical friend helping out on Crash the Time Machine. The striking cover illustration comes courtesy of Rob Baker, a frequent musical collaborator and founding member of The Tragically Hip.
The urgent need for community, in what could best be described as “interesting times,” is a running theme on Crash the Time Machine. Odds embrace the awesome power of Now, while celebrating the friends we make along the way.