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Vinyl Theatre The Catching Shiffley Friend..., at Knitting Factory in New York on Tuesday 6 November 2018 at 19:30 hours. Country nyc.

A piece of paper may seem flimsy, but once it’s folded into something it

becomes stronger, its weakness suddenly transformed. That’s true for

people, too: Once you recognize your weaknesses you can shift them to

become your strengths. You can become like that piece of once-flimsy

paper, now folded into origami. That’s the premise behind Vinyl Theatre’s

dynamic second album, which takes the title Origami to represent the idea

that you have the power to reform your personal limitations.

The Milwaukee trio started writing the new music shortly after finishing

their 2014 debut album Electrogram, their first release for Fueled By

Ramen. The musicians found themselves deep in thought while touring the

country extensively over the past two years, reconsidering how they

wanted to project their ideas through their songs. The goal of Origami was

to tell a cohesive story, rather than just gather tracks together, and Vinyl

Theatre wrote nearly 40 songs, beginning with one called "My Fault," which

encapsulates the main message of the record.

"We toured for eight and a half months during our first year out," Keegan

says. "You start to realize your weakness and your strengths on the road.

You realize that there will never be a last hurdle - there’s always another

one. There’s always something more to be gained. That song is about

finding strength in your faults, which carries through the rest of the record.

It’s a positive album with hopeful undertones, but it also touches on these

harder parts of life."

The musicians mostly wrote between tours, finding time off the road to

focus on the new music. Only one track, "Pull Your Weight," was written in

a hotel room in Pennsylvania while on tour. There was an emphasis on

growth this time around, a desire to push beyond what the group achieved

with Electrogram. "We’ve always looked up to bands that were able to

progress with each album and to make sure that you're not putting out the

exact same record," Chris notes. "In the past our releases were simply what

we had written. This was the first time we were able to write song after

song and really make sure we put out the best possible ones."

In August of 2016 Vinyl Theatre headed up to upstate New York to record

at Dreamland with producers Albert Di Fiore and Alex Aldi, whose work

with Passion Pit inspired the musicians to connect with him. The band spent

a month recording day in and day out, focusing solely on the music. They

used real drums for every track and wanted the process to feel as organic

as possible. There were no limits put on what could be tried and in the end,

Vinyl Theatre left feeling like they’d tested all sonic options. "We were able

to try everything we wanted," Keegan says. "We can look back at the album

with no regrets now because we know we had the opportunity to explore

the songs in the studio."

The final album spans nine songs, each of which reveals a thoughtful

message in its lyrics. "30 Seconds," a propulsive rocker, is about the brevity

of life and how amazing it is that we get any time here at all. The hopeful

song asserts that we have a birth date and a death date, but what’s really

important is that dash in between them. "New Machines," a surging,

layered number, embraces a new sound for Vinyl Theatre. The compelling

song asks whether there’s an end to knowledge, exploring ideas of

spirituality and how important it is to keep searching for new ideas. It feels

like the band’s most thought-provoking and mature song to date. That

sense of imagination and open-minded consideration is an important facet

to Origami overall.

"When we wrote our first record we were still working other jobs," Keegan

explains. "A lot of songwriting was on the weekends. It was like an escape,

so the songs were happy and hopeful. Now we’ve had time to sit together

over these long drives on tour and we’ve thought a lot about things. We’ve

had time to consider what kind of impact we want to leave on people. We

want to make enjoyable music, but also have a bigger impact on those who


"This album definitely has hopeful undertones and positive messages

throughout the songs," Chris adds. "Ultimately, we wanted to write songs

that were close to the heart and that show a different side of us."

Origami marks a massive growth for Vinyl Theatre. The guys originally

started writing songs together nine years ago via Skype, but didn’t officially

form as a band until three years back when they unveiled their Chromatic

EP in the summer of 2014. Since the release of Electrogram a few months

later, the band has toured with Twenty One Pilots, Smallpools, The

Mowgli’s and Dashboard Confessional among others, and headlined

Summerfest in their hometown of Milwaukee. Being on the road so much

has pushed the musicians to become even better, which is reflected in the

new songs. They’re driven by a sense of pride in their work, always aiming

to do more and to create music that is hopeful and encouraging to those

who listen. For them, Origami is about embracing who you are and using

that knowledge to become stronger.

"Even when something feels paper thin you can make anything out of it,"

Keegan says. "You can make anything out of yourself, too, when you realize

what you’re made of."



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