On Crash The Time Machine, Odds - singer/guitarist Craig Northey, bassist/vocalist Doug Elliott, drummer Pat Steward, and guitarist/vocalist Murray Atkinson - explore new and exciting musical directions while retaining the same darkly ironic signature that has earned them a place in the hearts of listeners for over three decades.
Founded in Vancouver, B.C. in 1987, Odds burst onto the recording scene in 1991 with their rambunctious, self-produced major label debut, Neopolitan. Their 1993 Gold-selling followup, Bedbugs, featured the iconic single “It Falls Apart” and they continued a run of successful and critically acclaimed releases including 1995’s Platinum-selling Good Weird Feeling, and the 1996 album Nest, featuring the hit singles "Someone Who's Cool" and "Make You Mad.” In the years since their 2008 release, Cheerleader, they have continued to release EPs (compiled on their 2013 release, Universal Remote) while taking frequent detours into film and television music for the likes of The Kids In The Hall, and Brent Butt (Corner Gas).
And now, Odds are thrilled to finally unveil a brand new album, Crash the Time Machine.
“We’ve been waiting a long time to share this album,” says Northey, “and we’re all really proud of it. We’ve been playing it for some of our musical inner circle for a while and it truly buoys our spirits when somebody says it sounds like Odds, but it also sounds new.”
As the title implies, Crash The Time Machine finds the Odds firmly embracing the future and the possibilities of catharsis.
“We seem to resolve even our most dire songs with a weird sense of optimism,” says Northey. “There’s been unrest over the last few years, but upheaval allows voices to be heard that should have been heard ages ago.”
After laying down most of the basic tracks at the band’s Doghouse Of Thunder studio in North Vancouver, Odds enlisted their good friend and frequent collaborator, Steven Page, to co-produce the album, adding various touches remotely at his own studio in Syracuse, New York.
“Steven was a true collaborator; he’d hear mixes or ideas or lyrics along the way and when he had something to say, he spoke up. He also became part of the vocal blend as we shaped the record, remotely from our homes, as we all added what I call the ‘icing’ and fixed anything we couldn’t live with.”
Page isn’t the only musical friend on board. The album’s striking cover illustration for comes courtesy of, Rob Baker, another frequent musical collaborator and a founding member of The Tragically Hip.
On Crash The Time Machine, Odds embrace the awesome power of Now, while celebrating the friends we make along the way. These 13 original songs constitute a vibrant painting of struggle and the community that both feeds it and transcends it.