The Time Framed’s music is an eclectic mix of genres, a collision of styles that perhaps shouldn’t mesh together, but end up working out. Their single “Bombshell Baby” is drenched in shoegaze and grunge, while single “Weird First” sounds as though it were designed for Guitar Hero, all corkscrewing riffs, but slathered in effects that turn the whole song into a strange and ambient landscape. The Time Framed don’t limit themselves to genre, instead preferring to incorporate every type of music they can find into their own sound. The Time Framed are the answer to the prayers of anyone who has found themselves disappointed by their own constantly roving tastes, and who has never before been able to stay interested in an artist for a long period of time. This is a band that never do the same thing twice.
Favorites: “Tiny Wolves,” “Bombshell Baby,” “Weird First”
Similar to: The Real Clash, Consider Me Dead, AFI
How did you guys meet?
We all ended up meeting about a year ago originally. Our drummer, Brandon, was in another band and we talked a bit at a mutual friend’s show. Fast forward to February of 2017, we started doing music with the mutual friend but needed a fill-in drummer. Brandon ended up getting suggested and filled in on shows. Eventually the mutual friend left to pursue other music projects, but we loved Brandon so much we wanted him to stay. Ever since then, we’ve been playing shows, recording our EP, and planning the band’s future as a group.
You aim to combine aspects from a huge array of genres into a ‘post-rock’ style. What got you interested in this sound?
Overall, we think the main interest in this kind of sound is that it’s not very common. 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.
Do you use certain genres to evoke certain emotions? How do you choose which to incorporate in your music?
Definitely. One of the ideas we work with is the use of multiple sets depending on the overall mood and lineup of a show. If we are booked on a heavy rock or metal show, we’ll pick songs that have a more darker egyptian style tone, faster punchiness and heavier progressive riffs. If we’re booked on a more alternative set, we’ll pick generally more “happy” and upbeat songs, and slower, dreamier songs.
What record has had the most influence on you as a band?
We all have many albums that have influenced all the music we do. These albums range from artists like Underoath, Mars Volta, Tera Melos, A Perfect Circle, Tool, Nothing More, and more.
What’s a favorite lyric that you’ve written?
The rest of the guys might feel differently about this, but me (Britt, bassist), personally, I love the Bombshell Baby lyric “Laser-guided llamas leaving craters on our love.” But to dig deeper, I also really enjoy the lines (from the same song) “Sing me a love song like bombs falling down. We’ll land in pieces cause nobody likes this town. I’ll leave the speeches with the broken hearted wreckage. You can light a candle for the alarm that never sounds.”
What do you think is the perfect environment for listening to your music?
The best environment would probably just be with lights low, some incense going, and a giant pink salt stone lamp (we’re a bit on the hippie side).
Your website says you believe the world would be a better place if people who made music did it with the intent to make the world a better place. How do you see yourselves helping to improve the world with your music?
A lot of our music pulls from traumatic events. Our song, Ifrit, was written about my surviving domestic violence. One of the biggest causes we fight for is to help victims and survivors of domestic violence and by having this song, we want to promote more open discussion about DV and how I used music as therapy. Another thing we like to do is volunteer to play for charity events. Sometimes musicians can get lost in the need to make an income and wanting to play for the sake of playing, but we strive to make time to volunteer to play for any charity events in need of musicians. It may not seem like much to some, but music itself can be healing, raise spirits, and connect humans together and that’s what we want to do as a whole. As well as play, we like to speak to the charities at these events and collect advertising materials from them to advertise at our other shows and spread their message.
You have an upcoming EP “Chrono Dementia” set for release sometime soon. What’s the process been like preparing for that?
Our EP is set to release everywhere on November 4th. It’s been a very fun, a bit stressful, but overall rewarding process. We spent many, many hours together, recording, tweaking the songs the way we want them, adding interesting effects and just had fun with the whole process. Our drummer recorded, mixed and mastered everything as part of Dreamlab Recording Studio and he’s just done an amazing job with it.
What are your plans for the near future?
With the EP release, after that’s out, we’re looking forward to start recording the next EP and planning short-run tours with the overall goal to start touring regularly.
Listen to “Weird First” here.