By Jenine Clancy Stolen instruments and equipment, car accidents, canceled shows, and the loss of members would break down any band, but Time and Distance surely have lived up to their name. Lead singer Greg McGowan has had a tenacious outlook on it all, saying his band just keeps on “rockin and rollin.” That “rockin and rollin” philosophy has been with McGowan since the beginning. Hailing from West Virginia, in high school he created what he called a “solo acoustic thing,” and in later years turned it into a full-fledged band. While the band’s sound is heavier, McGowan’s adds a melodic tone, resembling a feel from his earlier work. In 2009 Time and Distances put out their first full-length album, “Gravity,” on “Not Alone Records.” Produced by former “Hidden in Plainview” guitarist Rob Freeman, the album brought the band to a different level. McGowan says Freeman would push them to “outdo themselves” and “to do things they thought they couldn’t do.” Lyrically, everything on the album is introspective. In the song “Away We Go,” McGowan quizzically tries to figure out a girl singing “says she misses me, but never wants to kiss when her friends are around.” Psychology still plays a part in “For Real,” in which McGowan defiantly sings “Because all we are is all we’re told,” ironically telling the world he's more than just a lead singer in a band. To promote the album the boys hit the road playing with bands like Mayday Parade and The Material. Also, they teamed up with forty-five independent record stores with in-store listening stations. Like streaming online, the listening stations allow people to hear the album before even buying it… when asked if this was a good thing or a bad thing McGowan replied “ I don’t know if it makes people want an entire record or not. I personally prefer records as a whole and we try to present our records as a whole picture, instead of a bunch of songs, but if kids just like a couple that's cool too… (just as) long as they're listening.” Time and Distance’s fans are sure to keep listening with more tour dates, a recorded Alkaline Trio cover and some acoustic songs on the way, you can say luck is bound to be on their side. Time and Distance are playing at the Marlboro Recreation Center in Marlboro, New Jersey on December 10th.