Vinyl Theatre, Shiffley, Valley Latini, Dylan Rockoff

Thu Mar 29 2018

7:00 PM (Doors 6:30 PM)

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211

$15.00 ADV / $20.00 DOS

All Ages

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Vinyl Theatre, Shiffley, Valley Latini, Dylan Rockoff

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  • Vinyl Theatre

    Vinyl Theatre

    Alternative Rock

    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.”

  • Shiffley



    Shiffley has a knack for mixing surfy summer vibes with sinister synth mayhem. Since the release of their first full-length album ‘Paper Cranes,’ Alex Ganes (vocals/guitar), Alex Jenks (keys), Bryan Contreras (drums) and Shaune Killough (bass) have been farming their tracks around the NYC area. With numerous success in TV placements (E!, TruTV, MTV and Travel Channel), and opening slots for acts such as Twenty One Pilots, Plain White T’s, and Vinyl Theatre, the Queens-based band has seen no shortage of success since their inception.

  • Valley Latini

    Valley Latini

    Alternative Rock

  • Dylan Rockoff

    Dylan Rockoff


Knitting Factory Presents

Vinyl Theatre, Shiffley, Valley Latini, Dylan Rockoff

Thu Mar 29 2018 7:00 PM

(Doors 6:30 PM)

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn Brooklyn NY
Vinyl Theatre, Shiffley, Valley Latini, Dylan Rockoff
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