Folk-rock/psychedelic group, Timeless Void is breaking the barriers with their free flowing guitar parts and authentic feel that is reminiscent of the 70’s. This duo, like any band has had it’s ups and downs, from band member switches, to times that left them lost musically. Timeless Void found strength in these dull times to reunite and come back with full force. The two members of Timeless Void took the time to answer a few questions for Entertwine.
Entertwine: Tell us a little about Timeless Void, and what kind of music you play?
Eric: Essentially Alex and I (Timeless Void) are two long-time jamming buddies whom are seeking to approach music professionally with “do it yourself” mentality. This year we have released two retail (Younger Days and Getting By) and one promo mini-album (Renewal). Technically our stuff can be termed folk-rock/psychedelic. However we like to say that we are a “gold rock”(late sixties sounding) band. Many relate us to Jethro Tull and Neil Young both legends of the golden era of rock (60’s and 70’s).
ET: What is the story behind the band name, Timeless Void?
Eric: Timeless Void was actually a project started by myself and a few others friends who served as rotating members. The name essentially means non-existence or in other words nothing. The Timeless Void essentially died as members moved away or went off to university. January this year Alex and I decided to revive the Timeless Void and aim big. Our first album of the year Younger Days was a best-of our old recordings which upon release on USB keys sold out within a week of its release.
ET: How would you describe your songwriting process?
Eric: Generally we each write songs on an individual basis. For myself the song writing process usually first starts off with a solid set of chords progressions which I attempt to improv’ lyrics on first attempts. Usually whatever first few lyrics stick I can easily write a song around the rest.
Alex: I on the other hand tend to work on a melody or set of lyrics first. Once I’ve found something I like, I’ll add chords to it (I’m the one out of the group who did all the music lessons so I guess, in a way, I use more of the music-school approach to writing).
Eric: One thing earlier in the year we did is attempt to write and record a song every day for a week. Which we did with impressive results considering the timeframe each song was written and recorded. It bore a significant strain on us, but it was far worth the result (our mini-album Renewal!) As time progressed into the summer Alex and I significantly improved upon most of those songs after extensive use playing of gigs and busking. Realizing this we now take more time to sample the song out live a few times before recording it.
ET: What do most of your lyrics represent as a whole?
Eric: Most of our lyrics reflect that living life in our day-in-age is often the best of times and worst of times. For myself most lyrics reflect my experiences. Although not often explicitly. But as a songwriter I fundamentally believe channeling emotional responses to your experiences often a lead to the most compelling songs. The stronger the emotion the more captivating song.
Alex: I, on the other hand, for whatever reason, tend to write the love songs in the partnership – the ones about that special person you just met at the coffee shop on the corner or about the girl who broke your heart. Like Eric, it is an expression of experiences, but it might also be that most of the music I listen to focuses on love in some way and I’m just reflecting that out with the lyrics I write. It’s also probably what I feel most passionate about when writing.
ET: Which artists would you say influence your sound the most?
Eric: Most notably Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Elvis and The Doors to be brief!
Alex: And that really is brief: we find ourselves influenced by a large number of acts past and present, many mainstream, more and more not. Many times the greatest inspiration comes from the person singing just before you in the set list. There’s a difference between being simply influenced by good music and by being inspired with how raw and powerful that music is put across. If you want to listen to great music (in our opinions) you put on some old records, but if you want to see some of the best interpretations of that music, come out to local shows. Believe me, you will be surprised.
ET: Where can listeners hear your music?
Alex: Well, first and foremost, our website, www.timelessvoid.ca