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First Fleet Concerts Presents:


Baby Raptors, Bryce Vine

Wed, April 11, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm


Des Moines, IA


This event is all ages

Since forming Timeflies in 2010, Rob Resnick and Cal Shapiro have played off

their distinct sensibilities to build a boundary-warping yet instantly catchy hybrid

of pop, hip-hop, and electronic music. Last year, the East Coast-bred duo

decided to shake up their creative process even further by relocating to Los

Angeles and ditching the typical album-based approach to making music. Their

first release following the move was the early-2016 single “Once In A While,"

which quickly amassed more than 245 million streams on Spotify, and ultimately

emerged as one of their biggest hits to date.


Brightly textured and blissfully melodic, “Once In A While” looks at the upheaval

that Timeflies experienced upon relocating to L.A. from Manhattan. Throughout

“Once In A While,” Timeflies amp up the track’s emotional intensity by alternating

Cal’s soulful vocals with his seamless rapping style. “The idea behind the song is

that, even if you feel like your whole life is in flux, there are always those

moments that feel perfect, where you can just dance and feel good,” Cal

explains. On their follow-up single “Something Wrong,” Timeflies blend heavy

beats and airy atmospherics into a more urgent but still hopeful exploration of

self-doubt and trusting your instincts. “We’ve learned through years of being in

the music business that we know, better than anyone else, how to be the best

versions of ourselves,” says Cal. “The message of the song is you should always

listen to yourself—because even when you think you’re fucking up, you’re

probably doing all right.”


While Cal typically handles the lyrical element of each track and Rez does all of

the production, Timeflies operate according to a highly collaborative philosophy

that makes the most of their singular strengths as songwriters. “I generally hear

things in a more melodic, pop sense, and Cal hears things in a more lyrical,

soulful kind of way,” says Rez. “Over the years we’ve really learned to fuse that,

and also to let the other person drive when that’s what’s best for the song.” As a

result, Timeflies have carved out a melody-driven but deeply inventive sound

that’s firmly rooted in their natural musicality and sharp sense of songwriting.


Near-lifelong musicians who got their start playing instruments as kids, Cal and

Rez began making music together soon after meeting at Tufts University. Thanks

to their immediate creative chemistry, the duo began to emerge as an

unstoppable live act in fall 2010— and began releasing original material. Along

with showcasing the vocal skills long cultivated by New York native, Cal,

Timeflies tapped into the sonic ingenuity that Rez had honed since teaching

himself to produce as a middle-schooler in New Jersey. The two shaped a vital

new sound by drawing from their divergent musical tastes, including Cal’s love

for 90s hip-hop and Rez’s passion for dance music, pop punk, and classic singer-



With their full-length debut The Scotch Tape—a self-released 2011 album that

shot to #2 on the iTunes pop chart and reached #4 on Billboard’s Heatseekers

Albums chart—Timeflies greatly widened their already-devoted fanbase. After

joining Island Records for 2014’s After Hours (which debuted at #8 on the

Billboard 200) and 2015’s Just for Fun, Timeflies reclaimed their independence

and continued to grow their following by bringing their high-energy live show to

major venues around the world.


In moving to L.A. after a lifetime back East, Timeflies underwent a creative

renewal that’s often found them working until dawn in their self-built studio. “It’s

gotten back to that original feeling of being in college with our whole studio set up

by the bunk bed in Rob’s room—but we’ve also learned so much since then, and

gotten so much better at what we do,” says Cal.


Cal and Rez instill each song with a certain free-form spirit. “The same way that

two people might look at a painting and each see something completely different,

we want people to have their own personal experience with our music,” says Cal.

“The goal is to capture a mood and a vibe, but more than anything, let people

escape for just a moment.”


The band is hitting the ground running in 2017 with the announcement of a 35

date headline tour across the United States as well as a new mixtape titled 18 th

and nowhere and a new single ft. Shy Martin called “Raincoat”.  These new

releases are a sign of things to come from the duo as 2017 promises to be full of new music.
Venue Information:
504 E. Locust St,
Des Moines, IA, 50309