To portray Timeshares as anything more than four friends playing passionate, sincere punk-rock would be a waste of words. “We became friends through music,” says Mike Natoli, the band's bassist, “and have been involved with music in all kinds of configurations—in separate bands, in bands together, and so on. Two years ago we started Timeshares together and it feels awesome.”
So, when these four friends from Downstate New York found themselves facing a couple of particularly “shitty years”, as guitarist Jon Hernandez put it, he united with drummer Eric Bedell, guitarist Jay Mosher and bassist Mike Natoli to write and record Bearable, the band's first full-length. Co-released on vinyl and digital formats by Kind of Like Records and Kiss of Death Records, Bearable is an exhibition of honest songwriting. Each song's lyrics capture the reality of its subject regardless of connotation. “There were conversations about whether or not we should shoe-horn in a positive ending to a song that felt negative,” Hernandez explains. In the end, though, true expression prevailed. “If we don't know the positive spin on a subject,” he continues, “then there's no reason to write it.”
Sincerity is important to Timeshares, which is why they record their music in their own studio, design and print their own t-shirts, and book their own tours. The band’s studio, run by Natoli and Hernandez, has been home to bands such as Spraynard, Sundials, Cattle Drums and more. Natoli admits that some of their DIY ethic emerges out of necessity. “The only way we've known is to do this sort of stuff for ourselves,” he reveals. “Money is tight, and we have to make this work with what we have.” But the results of this DIY mindset are remarkable; the same sort of honesty that saturates their songwriting is equally evident in everything that the band does—including Bearable, which expresses the unrestrained, relentless, and no-nonsense energy that Timeshares exhibits onstage.
This honest songwriting—and its honest presentation in Bearable—couldn't be possible if it weren't for the honest friendship at its foundation. “We are really good friends,” Natoli concludes. “We all get into tough spots, but when we get together and our dynamic is in full swing, it all washes away, whether it's the first day of a tour or a Sunday afternoon practice.” It may seem suspiciously simple—even naive—that friendship and honesty are the only ingredients needed to produce passionate music, but Timeshares proves the power behind it.