T.I.M.E. - an acronym for Trust In Men Everywhere - was formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in 1967. Guitarists Larry Byron and Bill Richardson were both ex-members of the Hard Times, a psychedelic pop band responsible for the excellent Blew Mind in 1966. Nick St. Nicholas (bass; ex-Sparrows) and Steve Rumph (drums) completed the line-up featured on T.I.M.E. , which maintained the Hard Times’ melodic style, albeit with a rockier edge. St. Nicholas left to join Steppenwolf shortly after the album’s completion. Richard Tepp replaced him for Smooth Ball which also introduced new drummer Pat Couchis. Phasing techniques added an air of experiment to the band’s accomplished sound, while two blues-based selections showed their considerable versatility. Neither album was a commercial success and T.I.M.E.’s brief tenure ended in tragedy when Tepp was murdered. Byron joined St. Nicholas in Steppenwolf in 1970, but left to form Ratchell with Couchis in 1971. A disappointing album ensued, before Byron switched to the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils.