Stop. Music time. Introducing: Timeflies

For those who have never met me personally, there’s nothing I love talking about, writing about, experiencing as much as music. Any type, anywhere, any time. So, I’m making the effort to start putting more of those thoughts and conversations into writing. Maybe even introduce you to some new tunes, underrated artists, forgotten oldies. For now, I’ll leave you with the concert review I wrote for The University News this week.

The group is called Timeflies — two young guys who have been making music together for the past 2-3 years and are starting to gain quite a following. They started out doing a lot of remixes and freestyle rap, but are beginning to come out with more polished, original tracks. Their most recent EP, “One Night” actually hit No. 1 on iTunes back in November. They played at The Pageant in St. Louis last weekend to a sold-out crowd. Check these guys out, I have the feeling they’re on the cusp of something big. And check out my article below!

Cal Shapiro and Rob Resnick entertain a sold-out Pageant full of screaming fans.

Cal Shapiro and Rob Resnick entertain a sold-out Pageant full of screaming fans.

Timeflies isn’t just for Tuesdays

Just two years ago, Cal Shapiro and Rob “Rez” Resnick of Timeflies released their first album and gained a modest following from their weekly “Timeflies Tuesday” YouTube videos. Surrounded by over 2,000 screaming fans at a sold-out Pageant show Saturday night, you would think the duo were music industry veterans.

Timeflies came to St. Louis after back-to-back shows in Minneapolis and Chicago, but if all that travel took a toll on them, it didn’t show. The concert was two hours of high-energy singing, rapping, mixing, playing, dancing, jumping and crowd interaction that kept every fan on their feet.

The duo performed everything from their older “Timeflies Tuesday” remixes, like “Under the Sea,” to newer songs off their most recent EP, “One Night.” The variety of songs showed off both their musical range and the noticeable maturity of their overall sound in newer songs like “Tonight I Can’t Say No” and “Swoon.”

And no doubt about it, girls were swooning left and right. By the time I reached the venue at 8 p.m., the floor was so packed that even a sneaky short girl like me couldn’t squeeze through. I settled for the first row of the balcony, and like everyone else, spent the whole concert on my feet, usually jumping up and down.

The combination of Resnick’s unique catchy beats, Shapiro’s smooth-like-butter voice and crooner style, and the undeniable energy that radiates when the two perform together made for a dynamic live performance.

Photo courtesy of Steph Oliveros, originally published in The University News.

Photo courtesy of Steph Oliveros, originally published in The University News.

Shapiro’s ability to freestyle rap was one of the reasons “Timeflies Tuesday” videos first received widespread recognition, and he wasn’t shy about showing off his talent in St. Louis. Armed with a hand-written list of St. Louis’ favorite words and phrases, put together by two fans, Shapiro took off on an impressive freestyle rap, working in everything from Imo’s Pizza to T.J. Oshie, toasted ravioli to the Rams, David Freese and, yes, even SLU.

The crowd loved Shapiro’s first freestyle so much, that he decided to go into a second one, lists of words flying from his hand and he hit the end of each verse with an emphasis that elicited deafening cheers from the audience.

The most unique part of the show, though, was when Resnick came out from behind the booth, toting an acoustic guitar, and the two performed a completely stripped-down version of their song “Ex Games,” off their debut album, “The Scotch Tape.” An acoustic set is something that hasn’t been seen at past Timeflies performances and it really highlighted the innate musicality that both performers possess.

Energy was at an all-time high by the end of the show, and the two could barely take a breather before giving in to the roaring crowd and performing their version of “I’m Glad You Came” as a fitting encore piece. The cheers were so loud that they even came back out for a double encore.  It was a night of revelry, musical spontaneity and ebullience for artists and fans alike. The boys of Timeflies summed it up perfectly in their post-concert tweet: “St. Louis. Unreal.”

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