Hailing out of Clearwater, Florida, The Time Framed is a trio unafraid to push themselves, the limits of rock ‘n’ roll, and the listener with bold adventure and hungry imagination in their experimental rock sound. Recently they released their new EP Chrono Dementia, a collection of tracks which fascinate as they escape predictability and expectations. We grabbed the band for a few moments to explore more the new release, the band itself, the inspiration of tarot cards and more….
Hello and thanks for taking time out to talk with us.
Can you first introduce the band and give us some background to how it all started and what brought you all together?
The Time Framed formed due to Jeremy wanting to put his catalog of songs to use. Britt and Jeremy met in a different project and moved into The Time Framed together as Britt was learning bass guitar as music therapy for domestic violence. We met Brandon through another member that joined earlier this year. He was standing in on drums since the current drummer was learning how to play (Jeremy has a habit of teaching people to play instruments to fit best with the music). The other members left for other projects and we loved Brandon so much, and he already felt like part of the family, that we wanted him to stay. He’s a musical genius and gets how we want the music to go, not to mention he thoughts in amazing ideas, he’s a perfect fit for us and the band feels solid now.
Have you been involved in other bands before? If so has that had any impact on what you are doing now, in maybe inspiring a change of style or direction?
Britt was in an indie rock project called Clarity in Chaos as a vocalist. Sadly, they never got a chance to play a show due to several line-up changes. Jeremy joined on as a drummer about 6 months before the final split and that’s about when Britt first started to pick up the bass. Despite the fact that he considers himself more of a guitar player than a drummer, this is the first group that Jeremy has played with as a guitarist. He’s previously played in Say It Ain’t So, a Tampa based Pop Punk act, and currently drums for an alternative band called Hexproof. Brandon has been in several projects like The Mark Anthony Band, Ariose and Stratojet, the latter two not making it out of the garage. I think being in other bands has pushed us towards going away from mainstream and trying to get out of the generic box as much as possible.
What inspired the band name?
The reason we came up with The Time Framed is because music is art that is expressed through time. It’s our intent as a group to be both the artist when creating a song, and part of a masterpiece when performing it. Time is both the medium and product. We haven’t changed names although there is a group of our friends who want us to drop the word “The” off and just be “Time Framed” but if you search us on YouTube, you’ll find that three letter word to be quite helpful.
Was there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and also in what you wanted it and your sound to offer?
A lot of it just came from Jeremy wanting to put to use his catalog of songs he’d written over 15 years. Myself, Britt, and Brandon weren’t too interested in doing the “normal” sounding music, so we were drawn to doing music that pushed genre boundaries and stressed music theory. We’ve tended to take on the mantra that the weirder it sounds the better.
Do the same intentions still drive the band from when it was fresh-faced or have they evolved over time?
I would have to say it’s the same things. Our goal overall is to make music our careers. We don’t feel the need to be the most famous or anything like that; we just want to be able to have music as our career.
Since your early days, how would you say your sound has evolved?
Well, Jeremy has gotten a lot more pedals. We thrive on the idea of making the music sound strange, so with more pedals, we’re having a lot of fun making weird sounds and more of our songs are incorporating these weird sounds.
Always an organic movement of sound within the band or do you deliberately go out to try new things?
It was probably a more organic movement. We haven’t said definitively that we wanted to try something new. Again, with the addition of more guitar pedals, we wanted to incorporate the sounds into our songs, which in turn have a more experimental drive to them. So, with that in mind, we gradually get more and more experimental in sound.
Presumably across the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any in particular which have impacted not only on the band’s music but your personal approach and ideas to creating and playing music?
For me, personally, I’ve been really influenced by Tera Melos. I’m in awe with what they do with pedals and music theory that I keep pushing more songs that play with ideas like switching time signature and tempo multiple times. The guys are influenced by similar genres and have been on the same page when writing new music.
Is there a particular process to the songwriting within the band?
We have an interesting creative process of having jam sessions to grab ideas. Usually lyrics are floating around already, most likely due to tarot cards we have lying out, and then we just have jam sessions in which we try to get as weird as possible. When we practice, we record everything and pull out anything that we like to create new songs. I think overall our creative process involves the same ideas to use but we change which idea we use for different songs. It all just depends on how the mood feels at the time.
Where do you draw inspirations to the lyrical side of your songs?
We mostly draw on dreams we have, past experience, and tarot cards.
Would you give us some background to your latest release?
Our EP, Chrono Dementia, which is being released Nov. 4th, is just weird, and we mean that in the best way. We infused different genres of music and influence from theatrical music, classical music, and even video game music to create our EP. It’s just a lot of fun from start to finish with interesting sounds, driving rhythms, and guitar solos that tell stories. It pulls from the emotions and keeps you on your toes with an overall familiar theme to grasp but taking different points of view on that theme. We believe your readers will really enjoy how different it feels and how it brings experimental to the mainstream. Overall, it took several months to complete, and although stressful at times, it was a lot of fun to make and just opened our minds to even bigger and better sounds for the next EP.
Give us some insight to the themes and premise behind it and its songs.
In a weird way, we wanted to keep it as close to a concept album as we could. Each song has a relation to time and current events, hence the name Chrono Dementia. All of the songs were inspired by dreams Jeremy had, and each has a similar feel to it which felt right that they were together. Jeremy has already pre-planned the next five or so EPs and these songs just felt like they needed to be together as opposed to the others.
Are you a band which goes into the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or prefer to develop them as you record?
We have the general idea in mind on what we want to do. Most of the songs are in their final states but we are open to add a lot more, which is exactly what we ended up doing for Chrono Dementia. Having them in their final form keeps us on schedule, but having the ability to be flexible allows us to have a lot of fun with adding new sounds.
Tell us about the live side to the band.
It’s total weirdness! But in all seriousness, it’s totally normal for me to be walking around the venue while playing, our drummer dancing behind the kit, and our guitarist doing backbends and playing solos on the floor. Jeremy likes to mess with different effects pedals and make strange noises you wouldn’t expect to hear from a guitar and Brandon makes some of the best drummer faces! With it being just three of us we have a rather stripped down visual aesthetic, so we don’t use lights or fog machines (yet) but we try to make up for that by making the songs look as differently when we play them as they sound to us.
It is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How have you found it your neck of the woods?
It’s been a bit rough since we’re experimental. In our area, metal and indie rock seems to be ideal of the local scene, and we tend to be too light to be metal but too heavy to be indie rock. So we’ve really had to reach out, especially to any band that leans towards experimental, to get our name out there. Lately, it seems like experimental is starting to make its name for itself, which is making it a little easier than before.
How has the internet and social media impacted on the band to date? Do you see it as something destined to become a negative from a positive as the band grows and hopefully gets increasing success or is it more that bands struggling with it are lacking the knowledge and desire to keep it working to their advantage?
I think social media is great to be a part of. It’s helped us stay in contact with bands, radio shows, promoters, bookers, etc… Considering that we sound a little different than the local scene, it’s been a great way for us to reach the audience we want to. I think overall, though, that bands shouldn’t solely rely on it. Don’t forget that people are still out in person and at venues. It’s still important to put up fliers, go out and see other bands, and network in person. Social media is just a great add on to the in-person connections.
Once again a big thanks for sharing time with us; anything you would like to add or reveal for the readers?
Considering our various levels of ADD, we couldn’t pick a general genre to stick to as we like all kinds of different music, playing and listening. We also wanted to avoid the notion of “sounding like band x” and try to find ways to stick out from the crowd. Using a lot of guitar effects, melodic bass, and progressive drumming, we wanted to go for a theatrical video game sound with music theory concepts and see how far we could push those boundaries.
Pete RingMaster 06/12/2017
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