The Death Tremors, Timothy Eerie, & Transcendental Telecom - "Wonderful Christmastime" (Paul McCartney Cover)

The Death Tremors, Timothy Eerie, & Transcendental Telecom – “Wonderful Christmastime” (Paul McCartney Cover)

Something about this oscillating Florida winter/infinite summer must have inspired Orlando’s The Death Tremors, Timothy Eerie, and Transcendental Telecom; because they’ve come together, in the name of Christmas, to cover the best Beatle’s Christmas Classic. Timothy Eerie’s Casey Lerman and Transcendental Telecom’s Spencer Tricker duet over the famous synth melody that’s been spiked beyond recognition — like the egg nog after Grandma shows up.

As the song progresses, we hear an instrumental breakdown where the bands’ personalities really take over. It sounds like John Lennon’s ghost is seeking revenge because they chose to cover this over “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” If you weren’t feeling Krampus’ warm stranglehold before, you will now, cuz I’m feeling festive as fuck. Enjoy.

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Timothy Eerie Interview

‘A Dreidel Soaked in Acid’: Going to Space with Timothy Eerie

Sweater Fest 2015 is next Saturday! This year, the annual Christmas kerfuffle features a collection of talent where the only common thread between bands is the side effect of spastic dancing. One of those bands is psychedelic space pixies, Timothy Eerie. Dave Hanson (the Sweater Fest Santa himself!) spoke with the vocalist/guitarist Casey Lerman to see whether he’s been naughty or nice. The results: a dreidel soaked in acid. Enjoy.

For more info on all of the Sweater Fest happenings, check the FB event page, and read more interviews with the band’s at Happy Camper Booking.

How long has Timothy Eerie been a band?

We all starting putting our heads together this past summer, so Timothy Eerie has been a physical band for less than a year now. I came up with the idea to start writing these songs years ago. So in concept, Timothy Eerie has been in the making for some time.

How does the band change about show to show? I’ve only seen y’all twice but it was a different lineup both times.

This band is more of a collaborative art collective. We don’t have a solid lineup besides myself and my drummer, Mike Scitney. Everyone that plays with Timothy Eerie has other projects, so there are times that certain people will be booked on the days of our shows, and then we bring new characters into the picture. I like it. Each change-up brings a new flavor to the songs, so the set list goes through these reincarnations. It keeps it interesting for us and for the audience. 

Are you guys obsessed with LSD or was that just too good of a band name to pass up?

I wouldn’t call in an obsession, but it is an inspiration. I love it. The LSD state of mind is more real than anything in this external reality. It goes hand in hand with visionary art and music. Plus, it’s very therapeutic. I literally need to take it every so often to stay balanced. Going insane keeps me sane.

You guys have a keen focus on psychedelia — what defines this idea to you and at what point in creating a song do you feel like you have begun to achieve that? How does that idea play into your live performance versus your recordings?

Our music isn’t psychedelic in the traditional sense, but the songs are very influenced by  60’s and 70’s music and counterculture. That scene was fueled by the psychedelic experience, so it leaks into what we do. Our recordings are a little more straight forward than our live show. We go to space when we play live. Keeping it weird is something that we’re working on. And as time goes on, I believe our sound will find a more for a spiritual path rather than just psychedelia. 

Any of you guys have any weird christmas traditions?

My weirdest Christmas tradition is celebration Chanukah (*cue studio laugh).

What are you looking forward to most about Sweater Fest?

Honestly, I’m most excited to see the other bands do their thing. This will be our first time attending Sweater Fest, and the lineup is so tasty.

What’s in the works for Timothy Eerie?

We have so much in the works. We’re recording our EP right now. The working title is Heterochromia. We just got a band van and plan on taking her all around Florida in early February. We’re playing our first festival next year called Little Econ Love Fest at Maddox Ranch. Our art director, Sapphire Servellon aka Artardvark, is collaborating with a new projection mapping company, called Hybrid Eyes Visualizations, to bring some really weird visuals to the live shows. We’re releasing a visual art series called ‘Don’t think Broadcast’ early next year too. 

just some shows. 12/11 - 12/13

just some shows. (12/11 – 12/13)

It seems [insert preferred religious/non-religious holiday here] has come early (late if you celebrate Hanukkah). This weekend, Krampus is delivering a hefty sack of music and joy to Orlando and its various neighborhoods. Whether you like to dance, mosh, or buy knick-knacks, everyone gets a gift this weekend. Enjoy.

FRIDAY

Yogurt Smoothness ‘Slumlord’ EP Release

Pysch fuzz two-piece Yogurt Smoothness‘ last release was 2013’s Heavy Cream. Two years later, Slumlord will explode into your ears for the first time at Stardust Video & Coffee. But the Bros. Yo aren’t going to be the only ones making your latte pulse like Jeff Goldblum’s water in Jurassic Park, fellow two-piecers, Slumberjack and The Welzeins, are sharing the stage for what’s sure to be Stardust’s loudest night in years. This show is free, so you have no excuse to not pick up the new EP, available on CD or a limited edition 10″.

more info.

SATURDAY

1995

You may remember 1995 as the year OJ was acquitted, the year Beanie Babies turned children into craised dope-like fiends, and the year Full House ended, leaving a everlasting hole in America’s heart. But apparently, music also existed two decades ago. Enough that the good people at Will’s Pub are dedicating an entire evening to celebrating the year Kylie Jenner was born. Teen Agers and The Pauses are performing ’95 cover sets, including songs from Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Bjork, Green Day, Hum, Foo Fighters and many more — fingers-crossed for Alanis Morissette’s “Hand in My Pocket.” Comedian Larry Fulford will throw jokes way over the audience’s heads as he performs bits about news stories from that golden year. Expect at least a handful of party-goers to say, “If the glove does not fit, then you must acquit.” Or maybe It’ll just be me, saying it 50 or so times.

more info.

A Very Body//Talk Christmas

A business office party on Xanx, B//T is holding their third annual Christmas party at The Milk District (dubbed The Nog District until 12/26) on Saturday. Resident DJs VSN QST and GRÜVV will be playing ultra-festive mixes in Sandwich Bar, while Orlando singer-songwriter Evan Taylor Jones and Midnight Inspector lull you into a sugar plum coma at Spacebar. The dance party gurus are collecting can goods to be donated to Orlandians in need. In exchange for two cans of quality food — don’t bring your Grandma’s cranberry substitute from 1995 — the $7 entry will be knocked down to 5.

more info.

SUNDAY

Grandma Party Bazaar 2015

Last year’s Grandma Party Bazaar was a really busy, really lively afternoon. TVW photographer Karina Curto and I live blogged the entire event. The two of us frantically bolted around snapping pictures, absorbing vibes, and regurgitating our findings for like … five hours. That being said, Grandma Party IS AWESOME. A stew of all things local, this festival of grandmas broils together handmade gifts from a variety of Orlando’s artisans and music by the cities best acts. The pot all of it’s cooked in: the parking lot of Stardust Video & Coffee.

This year, Lavola, Summer Spiders, The Secret People, Timothy Eerie, Wet Nurse, and Polylust will all take the stage sometime between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. My hope is that Polylust will bring out a burlesque granny who sits in everyone’s lap. While perusing the abundant booths looking for a present for a loved one, be sure to stop by Hello Happy Plants, the most bazaar gardening shop you’ve never seen. They sell succulents that come in troll dolls, toilets, beer cans, chip bags, sharks and more — and the owners are just plain delightful!

more info.

SWEATER FEST 2015

SWEATER FEST 2015 (preview + playlist)

 “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
— Jesus (son of God)

SWEATER FEST 2014 was a landmark event. The night served as my introduction to incredible acts (and now, friends): Tiger Fawn, Someday River (at the time they were called Bellows), Fast Preacher, and ARK. On Saturday, December 19, I will again don my horrendous knitted outerwear and head to The Milk District for SWEATER FEST 2015. And this year’s lineup … oh yeah. Here’s a little taste test of the sweaty sweater goodness in-store, provided by your friends at Happy Camper Booking. Enjoy.

 If you’re at all familiar with this shitty website, you should recognize at least one of the bands on the bill. For some tight, feel-good grooves with a track record of dance hall boogie-woogie, check out Fat Night and Thrift House. When speaking of Fat Night’s 2015 EP, Lazy Days, TVW staff writer Graham Johnson had this to say:

The organ and guitar carry you throughout the album on waves of reverb and pure groove, inviting you to experience the graceful dance of the two instruments, performed by talented hands.

(Note: Fat Night are relocating to Chicago very soon, so this may be one of your last opportunities to see them kick ass, at least in the near future.)

I, myself, can vouch for Thrift House. This six-piece has only been playing live since September, but don’t be mistaken, Thrift House’s members are no spring chickens — this talent has spread itself all over Whorelando and beyond.

Maybe you consider yourself more of a rocker.”” Don’t fret little one; Daytona Beach doom woppers, Harum Scarum, and silly psych space aliens, Timothy Eerie, have the dance vitamins you crave, but with a really big muff (not what you think, but they probably don’t even use that pedal).

Rounding out this cozy, yet itchy, evening are SWIMM, Someday River, and Die Tryins. SWIMM, who jump back-and-forth between Orlando and Los Angeles, are indie poppy rocky sweetness, not unlike SWEATER FEST vets Someday River, who express the same sugary melodies, but with a cool funk. Die Tryins, on the other hand, are in a toe-tapping, indie bluegrass lane all their own. This band, formerly known as Goodrich & The Die Tryins, features Happy Camper’s Dave Hanson. He could have chosen to play with any of numerous bands he’s a part of, but he chose this one. That should convince you.

As if that wasn’t enough for your greedy commercialist ass, Frankasaurus Fresh will be hosting a silent disco on an outdoor stage. All of this for only $10. Doors are at 7, music starts at 8, and by 9, we may end the war against Christmas. Who knows?

just some songs (9/16)

I learned a very valuable lesson this week: don’t trust a friends knowledge of an Orlando band’s religious affiliation when he/she is semi-inebriated. I still love you boy. We’re going to ride around and listen to the new Young Thug mixtape, Slime Season, when it comes out at 5:55 p.m. You should come along! I’m sure we can fit the whole squad into my two door Nissan Element.

There’s been some incredible songs to come out of Orlando in the summer months — too many to do individual posts on — so here for you, my friends, is a bag of tracks, signed, sealed, and delivered. Enjoy.

TRK PRMR: Timothy Eerie – “Time Goes”

Like Santa Claus on speed, I deliver the goods before anyone else. Boys and girls, naughty or nice, here’s Timothy Eerie, a four-piece psych-trash outfit from right here in Orlando. “Time Goes” is a track off of the band’s recent cassette, Collide​~​A​~​Scope, brought to you by our friends at Godless America Records. This short funhouse of fuzz bounces around with thick guitar chugs and wobbly organ sounds, cycling from one distorted hook to the next. I envision myself soaking up UVs on a glass-covered beach while Spacey Casey transmits warped vocal melodies from Mars via ham radio.

According to the their bio, this band of gypsies was brought together by the true Timothy Eerie, a Stardust-esque space traveler who fled to earth after his home planet had been overcome by the “Dark Energy Empire.” People, this is truly a tale as old as time. You can read the rest of Timothy Eerie’s nebular backstory and purchase Collide​~​A​~​Scope on Godless America’s Bandcamp. Enjoy.

Catch Timothy Eerie’s live debut, June 4 at Will’s with Captains of April, Transcendental Telecom, and The Death Tremors.