Seth Timbs ~ the bio of bios
Few things in the world of writing can be so easily and understandably brushed aside than the music bio sheet. This is because, while everyone has a life story, many of them aren’t particularly noteworthy or eventful. Musicians, by and large, lead such lives and to account the experiences and inspirations behind what they pursued in life would be merely to lay out a laundry list common to millions of others.
An abbreviated list is reprinted here:
1) Subject was born into musical family and/or had access to great record collection.
2) Was drawn to/was forced to learn piano/guitar/some marching band instrument.
3) The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, ect…
4) Started band in high school, not good, hilarious failed first gig story.
5) Had mentor/fiercely independent
6) Went to college, exposed to different music, possibly jazz.
7) Formed or played in great band in college, was successful to a degree that still warrants the writing of this bio but not a VH1 retrospective or even a “where are they now segment”.
In general, all of these things are true of Seth Timbs and little more needs to be said of his “early career” that listening to examples of his past work couldn’t say better. It’s good stuff and, on the whole, he’s happy with it.
The five albums from the piano driven Fluid Ounces, the jangling guitar rock of Hot New Singles, his work in Spike and Mallets, his new solo album as well as his music for TV and film are all better listened to than explained.
It is fortunate for musicians like Seth Timbs, that a life free of any real tragedy, drug addiction or disability does not preclude him from writing songs that are worth listening to. At the end of the day, no matter what the back story is, everybody wants to know “so, is he any good?” that’s what we’re here to find out.