Timeflies

The Crocodile Presents

Timeflies

Bryce Vine, Baby Raptors

Wednesday 4/18

8:00 pm

Neumos

$30 - $35

This event is all ages

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Timeflies
Since forming Timeflies in 2010, Rob Resnick and Cal Shapiro have played off their distinct sensibilities to build a boundary-warping yet instantly catchy hybrid of pop, hip-hop, and electronic music. Last year, the East Coast-bred duo decided to shake up their creative process even further by relocating to Los Angeles and ditching the typical album-based approach to making music. Their first release following the move was the early-2016 single “Once In A While," which quickly amassed more than 245 million streams on Spotify, and ultimately emerged as one of their biggest hits to date.

Brightly textured and blissfully melodic, “Once In A While” looks at the upheaval that Timeflies experienced upon relocating to L.A. from Manhattan. Throughout “Once In A While,” Timeflies amp up the track’s emotional intensity by alternating Cal’s soulful vocals with his seamless rapping style. “The idea behind the song is that, even if you feel like your whole life is in flux, there are always those moments that feel perfect, where you can just dance and feel good,” Cal explains. On their follow-up single “Something Wrong,” Timeflies blend heavy beats and airy atmospherics into a more urgent but still hopeful exploration of self-doubt and trusting your instincts. “We’ve learned through years of being in the music business that we know, better than anyone else, how to be the best versions of ourselves,” says Cal. “The message of the song is you should always listen to yourself—because even when you think you’re fucking up, you’re probably doing all right.”

While Cal typically handles the lyrical element of each track and Rez does all of the production, Timeflies operate according to a highly collaborative philosophy that makes the most of their singular strengths as songwriters. “I generally hear things in a more melodic, pop sense, and Cal hears things in a more lyrical, soulful kind of way,” says Rez. “Over the years we’ve really learned to fuse that, and also to let the other person drive when that’s what’s best for the song.” As a result, Timeflies have carved out a melody-driven but deeply inventive sound that’s firmly rooted in their natural musicality and sharp sense of songwriting.

Near-lifelong musicians who got their start playing instruments as kids, Cal and Rez began making music together soon after meeting at Tufts University. Thanks to their immediate creative chemistry, the duo began to emerge as an unstoppable live act in fall 2010— and began releasing original material. Along with showcasing the vocal skills long cultivated by New York native, Cal, Timeflies tapped into the sonic ingenuity that Rez had honed since teaching himself to produce as a middle-schooler in New Jersey. The two shaped a vital new sound by drawing from their divergent musical tastes, including Cal’s love for 90s hip-hop and Rez’s passion for dance music, pop punk, and classic singer-songwriters.

With their full-length debut The Scotch Tape—a self-released 2011 album that shot to #2 on the iTunes pop chart and reached #4 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart—Timeflies greatly widened their already-devoted fanbase. After joining Island Records for 2014’s After Hours (which debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200) and 2015’s Just for Fun, Timeflies reclaimed their independence and continued to grow their following by bringing their high-energy live show to major venues around the world.

In moving to L.A. after a lifetime back East, Timeflies underwent a creative renewal that’s often found them working until dawn in their self-built studio. “It’s gotten back to that original feeling of being in college with our whole studio set up by the bunk bed in Rob’s room—but we’ve also learned so much since then, and gotten so much better at what we do,” says Cal.

Cal and Rez instill each song with a certain free-form spirit. “The same way that two people might look at a painting and each see something completely different, we want people to have their own personal experience with our music,” says Cal. “The goal is to capture a mood and a vibe, but more than anything, let people escape for just a moment.”

The band is hitting the ground running in 2017 with the announcement of a 35 date headline tour across the United States as well as a new mixtape titled 18th and nowhere and a new single ft. Shy Martin called “Raincoat”. These new releases are a sign of things to come from the duo as 2017 promises to be full of new music.
Bryce Vine
Pinning Bryce Vine down to one sound is tricky. There’s the bass-heavy reality rap he was baptized in, flying down Los Angeles’ freeways with his father. The bright and sunny pop aesthetic of a happy childhood in Manhattan. The DIY ethos of the punk band he formed in high school. The loose and breezy reggae and gospel ensembles of college. The mellow stylings of crooner jazz and classic soul.
His keen blend of laid back, in-the-cut hip-hop and anthemic choruses —or, as Bryce describes it, “If Outkast and Blink-182 got drunk with the Gorillaz and started playing music together” – prompted Entertainment Weekly to praise Vine’s “boundary-pushing aesthetic” and hail him as one of the “artists who will rule 2018.” His breakthrough single “Drew Barrymore” soared to the Top 15 at both Top 40 and Rhythm radio, earning more than 140 million streams and leading to performances on Late Night with Seth Meyers and the MTV VMAs pre-show, while Pepsi selected Bryce for their coveted “The Sound Drop” program.
Now gearing up for his major label debut, via Sire Records, Bryce Vine is poised to break out and shift the musical conversation.
Born in the bathtub of his mother’s Manhattan apartment, Bryce grew up without material comforts. Scraping by as an actress, his mom—who eventually landed a major role on a soap opera and now runs a volunteer book store—enriched their lives with music and literature.
“We didn’t have much money at all,” Bryce says. “But she was always so positive, I never realized how poor we actually were. To this day, she says I was the happiest child.”
But there was something dark seeping into the corners of Bryce’s mind, and by the time he was a teenager, he was diagnosed with depression and ADD. Alleviating his psychic pain, however, was music—especially rap. While visiting his father, a restauranteur, in L.A., “How Do You Want It,” by Tupac came on the radio, and Bryce felt his world shift. “I remember thinking, ‘This is the coolest music on the planet, hands down,’” he says, laughing.
The discovery of gangsta rap, with its refusal to sugarcoat life, was fortuitous—he sought refuge in music that spoke to harsher realities. “What excited me was how positive the songs sounded, even if the subject matter was dark,” recalls Vine. “Music was therapy for me. You can always find a song about something you’re going through.”
For his 13th birthday, he received his first guitar, and spent countless nights teaching himself to play and write songs. Eventually, he started a punk band with three high school friends in L.A., where he and his mom had relocated, instilling a DIY sensibility that would permeate his career — especially after Bryce was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he met his current producer, Nolan Lambroza, (aka Sir Nolan) and with whom he collaborated and released his debut EP, Lazy Fair.
The EP immediately connected, as Bryce found out when he sold out of CDs halfway through his first-ever support tour. The bouncy single “Sour Patch Kids” racked up 20 million plays on Spotify. The next batch of songs included “Los Angeles” and “Bang Bang,” which are playful commentaries on society and growing up as a biracial millennial.
Vine’s momentum attracted shared marquees with the likes of G-Eazy, Big Sean and Kyle as well as major label attention. Now, he’s gearing up to release his debut album on Sire Records. Maintaining his optimism yet keeping an unblinking eye on life’s ups and downs, it’s obvious why his rapidly growing fan base is devoted to him: His main goal is to make them happy simply by relating to them through his music. Fans are also drawn to his openness about having the same fears and internal conflicts they do.
“Honest emotion is missing in music. I want to be somebody who’s not tainted, someone they can root for,” Vine says. “I want to bring people together and leave the world a better place. That’s what drives me.”
Baby Raptors
Venue Information:
Neumos
925 E Pike St
Seattle, WA, 98122
http://www.neumos.com/