London's six-piece the Action Time are one of several indie rock bands at the turn of the 21st century who take their inspiration from a time when rock & roll and R&B weren't so segregated on the radio dial. Though they are contemporaries with Sweden's stridently leftist punk soul band, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, the Action Time's penchant for exulting style over party line has more in common with the United States' Make-Up. The band's sweet backup vocals, courtesy of Miss Spent Youth and Susy Sparkles, play up a reverence for 1960s girl groups, while lead singer Black September swears allegiance to youthful vigor and optimism in the face bland corporate rock and picayune sub genres. "Rock & roll can atone for all my sins," he professes unabashedly in "Rock and Roll." But while the Action Time are always earnest, they keep from being hogtied by seriousness. In "Soul on Ice," September morphs a list of revolutionary heroes ending in Chairman Mao into the "mow mow" nonsense lyrics of the Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird." A fine debut.