There is always something special about an artist who branches out on their own and toughs it out through the hard yards. Instead of taking the easy route like being able to name drop or live through the shadow of a famous parent or relative; pushing yourself through the dirt and struggles then making it on your own is so reflective within your music. This is the case for Tim Wheatley.
Armed with plenty of poetry and a voice to match, Tim Wheatley is ready to carve out his own place with his debut album Cast of Yesterday.
Son of the famous artist manager Glenn Wheatley, Tim has created a name for himself as an artist via his sheer determination and drive. After moving from Australia to Los Angeles to pursue his career as a solo artist, the singer songwriter has just released his debut album Cast of Yesterday.
Opening the album is The Heathen, which greets the listener with rhythmic tunes of the harmonica. A constant, quick tempo guitar, and drums take the listener throughout the song before they are hit with the reoccurring harmonica segments. Complimented with Wheatley’s gritty rock like vocals the song is tied together with ease. The Heathen is such a perfect way to open Cast of Yesterday and introduce the listener to what is about to come.
Taking it to a more chilled pace is the title track. Light tones of the acoustic guitar are used to start the song before Wheatley’s vocals are added. It is from here as the song delves into the chorus that the bass and drums are added which transform it from simply acoustic music to a chilled and harmonious piece of art. For this reason it is evident to see how this track was the one that gave life and a name to the album.
If there was ever a finer example of how a song is in its purest form of poetry with a melody, then 78 Benz is this example. The song is pumped full of lyrics that have you sitting there taken aback as Wheatley propels you through this story. “There’s blood to be spilled as the whole hallmark of Lucifer, the calling card of men lost on the way. You stopped to smell the roses and your twenties got away. But I’ve seen it before kid I knew how it ends, you and I are going to speed away in a 78 Benz”. Need I say more!
Whilst The Way of the Gun is only 1:50 in length, this song delicately guides the listener to the end of Cast of Yesterday. Comprising mainly of Wheatley’s vocals and his guitar, there is such precision with the tempo and softness of the piece that by the time you have reached the end, as a listener you feel complete. You have finished this musical journey with Wheatley through his music and it is so evident the time and care placed into his entire ensemble. Such a perfect fit to send listeners off.
Tim Wheatley will play his last show on September 4th. Along with Perry Keyes, he will be supporting The Whitlams at the Metro Theatre Sydney.