Psych rock can be a strange and unpredictable genre. Part-folk, part-punk, all spaced out, druggy etherealness; Timothy Eerie embodies that ethos on the trio’s new e.p., It’s Always the Same. It’s no accident that the name Timothy Eerie is so close to Timothy Leary, this is the aural equivalent of two tabs and a trip down the rabbit hole. This current wave of psychedelic rockers has their own share of sticklers to the rules of a never fully flushed out genre; however, Timothy Eerie is more, The Love Witch and less Woodstock. It’s true, their sound it reminiscent of a Summer of Love, geek out in a room reeking of incense and patchouli with a bevy of bare chested beauties finger painting each other; but, Timothy Eerie is firmly planted in current times and thus tongue is planted in cheek with a corresponding wink and nod.
These Orlando lads have been kicking around the O-towns underground since 2015 and have made quite a name for themselves in a short period of time. Like many of the bands of this genre there has been a revolving door of players, but that only lends to the mystique of Timothy Eerie’s sound. A Sound which started as bedroom recording project that has clearly moved beyond the bedroom. Their newest e.p. and last outing, Heterochromia, both came out on Ghost Drag Records a local label that’s batting 1000 with sun drenched, lo-fi rock records.
The last time our heroes were in town, they played Gramps in Miami; apparently, it was the best show of their tour. Who knows what concoction of people; substances; wine; women and song were necessary to bring on the Dionysian delights? Perhaps it was the intoxicating aroma of Wynwood? Maybe it was the aura of Gramps and its hipster, anything goes mantra? Or, it could just be that Timothy Eerie, like the pied piper before them are too much fun on stage to not have the party follow them afterwards? If I had to venture a guess, I would say that charisma + party people = possible jail time. (and of course, a lot of fun)
Timothy Eerie plays Voltaire WPB on September 8 with Fat Sun. Doors are at 9pm, bring money to spend. ~ Tim Moffatt