Today’s Song: Linebeck’s Catchy “Waste My Time” Is a Cinematic & Hazy Dream Pop Tempest

Waste My Time - Linebeck
Waste My Time - Linebeck
A cinematic dream pop tempest, Linebeck’s anthemic third single “Waste My Time” is a beautifully intimate haze coating our sorrow with stunning, catchy, and immersive sound.
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Good lines in trying times are easily re-wrote… I’m no stranger when it comes to dancing with a ghost,” Linebeck’s Chrys Teo sings in her band’s alluring and immersive third single. Released October 28, “Waste My Time” is a beautifully intimate haze of fervent heartache and fuzzy shoegaze. Walls of effected electric guitars (courtesy of guitarist Momo Raickovic) drench the ears in a thick, dynamic, and driving heat that’s perfectly matched by Teo’s cool, sweet singing.

Waste My Time - Linebeck
Waste My Time – Linebeck

Yes, this song is a melancholic lament of love in the 21st Century – but one can’t help falling for such a stormy dream pop tempest. Hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, Linebeck coat their sorrow with stunning, cinematic sound.

You are always painting flowers in my mind
Picture Perfect, but you’re only chasing lines
Are you just temporary? Lost in my dreams
Slowly drifting but your waves come crashing over me
Hey hey, are you gonna waste my time?
Hey hey, are you gonna waste my time?

“‘Waste My Time’ was heavily influenced by my sister’s first break up, as well as the many misgivings our friends have about dating in the digital age. Dating has always been referred to as a ‘game,’ and while games can be fun, they can also be exhausting,” Chrys Teo tells Atwood Magazine. “The lyrics in ‘Waste My Time’ speak to the feelings of fear and reservation in the beginning stages of a relationship… wanting to protect yourself before getting too invested, and asking for open and honest communication before putting your heart on the line.”

Linebeck © Jason Beattie
Linebeck © Jason Beattie



“I’ve always found myself drawn by these large sounding songs in shoegaze and dreampop,” Momo Raickovic adds. “I love feeling lost inside of the music, where you can pick out individual elements while simultaneously being unable to comprehend it all at once. Sonically we strive to blend these elements with very pop-driven melodies and lyrics, which can be rather fussy at times. On ‘Waste My Time,’ I like to think we struck a delicate balance between the two. I was able to indulge a bit on this track, adding multiple different guitar layers, my favourite being the washed out guitar tuned to DADGBD. The only trouble I find is that it can be difficult to know when enough is enough in terms of soundscape. Working so closely with people like Chrys and Will Crann on production means there’s always someone around to reel you back in if you’ve gone too far, or to help push you if you haven’t gone far enough.”

Raickovic and Teo are no strangers to the Hamilton music scene: The pair previously played together as the folk-leaning, indie rock-tinged duo Chrys and Momo, whose 2019 debut EP Taste//Touch was very well received throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Now as Linebeck, the once-duo have expanded and combined their talents with bassist Raph Cruz and drummer Eric Davis, segueing into a cinematic “dreamy power-pop” sound full of wondrous sonic depth and deeply vibrant colors.

All your words, to me, are empty in acclaim
All your paintings hang in counterfeited frames
Good lines in trying times are easily re-wrote
I’m no stranger when it comes to dancing with a ghost
Hey hey, are you gonna waste my time
Hey hey, are you gonna waste my time
Hey hey, I don’t need your reasons why
Hey hey, are you gonna waste my time, waste my time



Following this summer’s impassioned debut single “Bed” and August’s lush, dazzling follow-up “In My Dreams,” “Waste My Time” sees Linebeck dwelling in an especially personal space filled with an especially potent sense of vulnerability and unbridled sincerity. It’s the no-holds-barred direct impact of a band wearing their hearts on their sleeves that elevates this song to incredible, soaring heights. Fans of indie rock and dream pop bands like Alvvays and Beach House are sure to find refreshing inspiration within Linebeck’s churning, rich, heavy, enchanting, and unapologetically intimate artistry.

Cupid doesn’t have a clue
I don’t need forever, need you forever
Promise but your aim ain’t true
I don’t need forever, need you forever
If you want to melt away
I don’t need forever, need you forever
Lose you to another flame
I don’t need forever, need you forever
Hey hey, are you gonna waste my time
Hey hey, are you gonna waste my time
Hey hey, I don’t need your reasons why
Hey hey, are you gonna waste my time, waste my time

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