Two Timin’ resurrects classics with originals
BRECKENRIDGE – Shane Kiel isn’t keen on Top-40 music, at least not any from this century.The 26-year-old bassist for the Two Timin’ Three is far more likely to turn to his juke box for Cab Calloway and Cindy Walker than iTunes for Beck or Kanye West. “We really don’t listen to any contemporary music,” he said of the trio. “It’s cool for what it is. The majority of the people like that. But a lot of people haven’t heard a lot of other genres of music we try to play to people.”
The Boston-based trio’s music is reminiscent of a time when the line between rock ‘n’ roll, Country and swing was at its foggiest. Two Timin’s album, “Where Did You Sleep Last Night,” sounds like it would be more comfortable on a 78 than a CD.”We don’t set out to play old things,” Kiel said. “We just play what we like.”For a group of musicians that claims the majority of its influences pre-date the ’50s, it’s inevitable that its original compositions are going to reflect a classic – nearly extinct – sound. The band plays covers, too, but carefully picks selections that won’t label them a novelty act.”We don’t do cheesy covers,” Kiel said. “We cover songs that are … well-written.”
The band’s instrumentation – Eric Laufer on lead vocals and guitar, Jeff Herring on lead guitar and vocals and Kiel on bass and vocals – lends itself to a Roy Orbison-meets-Johnny Cash-at-a-swing-dance feel.Keeping the drum throne empty was a conscious decision. The band instead relies on Kiel’s “percussive bass playing” for the pulse.”Without a drummer, you have more freedom with rhythm,” Kiel said. “You’re not restricted to a solid beat. You can turn the rhythm inside out.”
Two Timin’s music sounds like something its peers – all three members are in their 20s – would find spinning on their grandparents’ Victrola, but the band doesn’t shy away from playing rooms – Sherpa & Yeti’s Friday – that usually feature bands that satisfy mainstream audiences.”We do what we love and there’s not any intimidation at all,” Kiel said. “We’ve played with other bands that have nothing in common with sounds that we do, and people seem to like it.”Chris Kornelis can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 216, or at email@example.com.
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