The local psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll outfit who call themselves Timothy Eerie – a fitting name inspired from the psychedelic psychologist Timothy Leary – has released a new quad set of songs that are defining their sound as true experimental mind-altering musicians.
Heterochromia is Timothy Eerie‘s debut EP that consists of 4 songs that have, “gone through numerous reincarnations and took a years worth of experimentation to lock down the most delicious sonic recipe in which to record the songs as authentically as possible,” and when you begin listening to the EP, you immediately get a warm groovy welcome when entering into Timothy Eerie’s world with ‘Back Burning Boy’, a song that can almost take you back to 1969.
The music is just as fashionable as the band itself, and while listening, you can close your eyes and see the radiant streams of color under your eye lids navigate like a desktop screensaver – and you don’t even have to drop any acid. The band consists of Casey Jarrett (guitar, vox), Kaci Jo (vox), Daniel Hietz (guitar), Michael Scitney (drums), Michael Gass (keys), Evan Wagner (bass). The group creates a solid-yet-loose sounding combination of the instruments they play, almost as if they all morph their talents into a fluid stream of liquid rock ‘n’ roll.
To learn more about the making of their new album we talked to Casey Jarrett, who not only does vocals and plays guitar in Timothy Eerie, but also engineered the production of the album.
Just how long did it take to complete Heterochromia?
Recording Heterochromia took forever. We started recording everything to 4 track cassette deck which apparently had a mind of its own. I ended up having to scrap all of that because of some technical errors. Over time we re-recorded all of that back onto my computer so overall it took about 8 months from start to finish.
Can you briefly talk about the technical aspect of recording the songs? Any experimental techniques you used while recording that are worth mentioning?
I tried to take a pretty minimal approach with the technical aspect of recording the songs. For drums I just used 2 mic’s. Everything was recorded through an analog tube pre amp. I ended up using the 4 track to master the songs even though I had been burned by that device earlier on in the recording process. I think it gave the EP a more retro lo fi sound.
Capturing the essence of these songs has been as blissful as it has been miserable but it has already proven to have been one of the most cathartic and rewarding experiences.
How was the making the album cathartic for you guys?
To see an idea manifest in front of your eyes (or ears, in this case) is always a cathartic and rewarding experience for me. All of the lyrical content is straight from own experiences so documenting them on this EP helped me accept my own vulnerability in some ways. I went through more ups and downs with this recording project than I have in shitty relationships so when it all came together in the end we were very pleased. Having Ghost Drag Records help us with the release just validated it all for me. It’s exciting to see people get enjoyment from our vibrations.
I’ve accessed an infinite amount of sacred knowledge throughout this project and can’t wait to continue applying these tools. I only hope they bring others a similar feeling of connection that I feel to the songs.
You can buy Heterochromia HERE at Ghost Drag Records. Also be sure to look out for Timothy Eerie’s upcoming live shows as they will be performing at Wills Pub in Orlando on October 27th, Gramps in Miami on October 28th, and over at Fubar in St. Petersburg on November 4th.