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Pop-punk band releases debut full-length at Aggie July 13, Timberline


Pop-punk band releases debut full-length at Aggie July 13

By Steve Graham

Terran Hause celebrated passing the California bar exam by making a pop-punk album with his band, the Timberline.

One year, three singles and a few high-profile gigs later, the Timberline will celebrate its CD release with an Aggie Theatre show on Saturday, July 13.

“Faulty Wires,” the band’s full-length debut is clearly and unabashedly influenced by Blink-182 and Taking Back Sunday, but the guys in the Timberline don’t look like the bratty teens who launched those groups.

The Timberline is comprised of young professionals with serious jobs and a need to blow off steam by thrashing on guitars, pounding on drums and howling about angst and loneliness.

“It’s really cathartic,” Hause said.

The band is very collaborative. Drummer Clint Petrun said 90 to 95 percent of the words, riffs, drum fills and melodies that the guys bring to the table never leave his basement rehearsal space.

The resulting album has 10 tight, high-energy tracks and no filler. The album is named for a line in the lead single, “All At Once.” The thrashing emo-tinged gem about regret and California highways is a worthy musical and thematic sequel to Yellowcard’s classic “Ocean Avenue.”

Hause, who recently moved back to Fort Collins for an attorney job, wrote most of the lyrics for “Faulty Wires” while at law school in Los Angeles. He was dealing with an emotional breakup, feeling homesick for Fort Collins, and thinking about “the convergence of technology and relationships.”

“I want to pull from my experiences and I want to capture those themes, but I also want them to be more applicable to other situations,” Hause said.

So the album has references to “the 101,” “the Front Range,” and a “harbor painted blue” near Hamburg, Germany, where he also lived, but it also reflects universal sentiments.

Hause described songwriting as a form of therapy, but he didn’t expect his lyrics to be performed on stage or released on CD.

“I just started writing,” he said. “I didn’t think any of it would be public.”

Hause and Petrun started the band with another guitarist, who since moved away. Guitarist Mike Boschert auditioned for the job through a listing on Bandmix.

“We met him 16 months ago, and we met him on the music Tinder, but it feels like we’ve known this guy our whole lives,” Petrun said.

Bassist Aaron Crownover completed the lineup.

“We’re four genuine guys who just love making music,” said guitarist Mike Boschert. “We want to make it an experience that fans engage with and have fun with. We want you to leave with a smile on your face and we want you to leave with hoarse voices from singing along with us on all the gang vocals we have on the record.”

Hause said the Timberline tries to blend the pop-punk and alternative rock that all the guys grew up on.

Petrun said he also grew up attending Aggie gigs by Tickle Me Pink, a major local influence. So he is delighted that two Tickle Me Pink members will open for The Timberline at the Aggie. They are part of Valdez, a new project from In The Whale singer Nathaniel Valdez.

“It’s seriously a goosebump moment for us,” he said, pointing at his arms, literally covered with gooseflesh.

Valdez and Holdfast will open for The Timberline on Saturday, July 13, for the “Faulty Wires” CD release party. The show starts at 8 p.m., and advance tickets cost $12.

The Timberline also has a KCSU in-studio performance on July 11.

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