Tim Qualls: Tim Qualls Is Built Like An Aztec Temple

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Somewhere between the United States of Neil Young and the Republic of Trip Hop wanders a man names Tim Qualls. His debut EP, This is Our Land, combines a hell of an acoustic strum-and-pick with a low-down blues beat that keeps the funk just funky enough to set it apart from the plethora of singer-songwriters dotting the landscape. The four-song release from Red Tree Music Group starts with the title track,

a rather bitter political condemnation of a nation led by leaders ignoring we the people

. Though it's not the most poetic political diatribe ever sung, the message is sincere, and oh so well-sung. It's beat give it an almost Sneaker Pimps sort of groove that is positively toe-tapping. By purposeful contrast, the second track "Vain" lacks the depth of "This is Our Land," and what it loses in trip it picks up in hip. Basically a long list of exactly how awesome Qualls considers himself, the song nevertheless has a lot of legs with its combination Lenny Kravitz-style guitar and rather outlandish self-compliments. You've heard someone referred to as built like a brick shithouse, but this has got to be the first time that someone has said they were built like an Aztec temple. Might as well aim high.

The EP rounds off with two acoustic recordings from the studio, and lack the awesomeness of Qualls's backing band. Though these tracks illustrate just how talented a guitarist Qualls really is, they are somewhat out of place, and make the EP feel more like a single. But "This is Our Land" and "Vain" are well worth the price of admission, and Tim is certainly worth watching.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.