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my band Backyard Heroes is opening for the Socratic spinoff Rendez Vous this Friday 12/21 at 10th Street Live! It’s gonna be crazy awesome!

Come out to the show! We have a special christmas surprise planned!

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A Farewell Letter to The Embracers

Great music, great friends, great memories…

This story for me starts when I left college to pursue a career in film. I was lucky enough to connect and meet a band named Socratic. We started with a music video and branched out into filming their live shows. The first of the live shows I did with them, I had the pleasure of meeting The Embracers. They were recording the sound for Socratic’s set and as a favor to them I filmed their set as well. I had never heard The Embracers’ music before and had no idea what to expect. Needless to say I was absolutely blown away. Thus began an incredible three year adventure. 

Not only did I get to have an amazing time filming and editing hours upon hours of footage of great performances, but I was lucky enough to gain new friends along the way. This week I listened to the full discography again while I had my own flashbacks from the very first show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, the strange and hilarious road trip to Pennsylvania, rocking a boat cruise around NYC, to hanging out in the studio, drinking beers while capturing awesome footage of a song in it’s earliest stages (Through the Thoroughfare) that is still one of my favorite songs on their album “Look What I Stole For Us Baby.”

When I moved away it became harder and harder to continue filming as much as I would’ve liked. I’ll never ever forget my time spent with The Embracers. I’m so lucky to have all these memories to hold onto and friendships to continue into the future. 

Tonight is The Embracers final show, which is at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, right where it all began for me. As I am unable to attend this show, I urge everyone else to go and experience a truly awesome night of music and good people. You won’t regret it. Also, take as many photos and video so that I can live it vicariously through you all haha. - A link to the event page with all details for the show tonight. - Whether you go to the final show or not (if you don’t you’ll be sad), you can download their entire discography for FREE from now till the end of time. 

To The Embracers, thank you for all the awesome music, the friendships, and the amazing memories. That era of my life where I worked with you and Socratic will always be a shining moment for me. After losing my childhood and high school experience being treated with leukemia, I left for college to experience and enjoy a “normal life”. While I can’t say that our adventures were always normal haha (who would want to right?), my time with The Embracers and Socratic is something I’ll always be thankful for and never forget.

I look forward to and wish you all the best in your future endeavors, and I strongly suggest everyone else do so as well.

Your videographer, fan, and friend,

-Tim Mathews

With that, I present the video I posted, which is an unreleased promo video from an early era of the band promoting their first EP Also included is this video, which if my memories serves me right, I believe was the first one we ever released: - The Embracers cover “I Know You Rider”

Stay rad and rowdy everyone, now stop reading this and get your asses over to Maxwell’s TONIGHT!!

I posted this on my blog and we’re sharing it here as well to spread the word of these awesome guys even more. Bobby attended their final NYC show and had an incredible time. We love these guys, as should you. 

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We had an awesome time showing up at the open mic night at 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, NJ. Our good friend Kevin runs the place and I must say it’s an awesome place. You should all check it out:

We got to see some awesome performers and hang with some really rad people, especially some great friends of ours, the guys from Socratic. It was so good to see them again. It was super gnarly to share our music with them as well.

A little history, I left film school to work with them and I never looked back. It was an amazing experience, developed great friendships, and I think we all did some sweet work together: - A Better Place Is Waiting - Blend In - A Christmas Coal Carol (my first project with them)

They are awesome guys and you should all check out Socratic if you haven’t yet. They just released a rad new album: - new album!

Throughout the night we saw a rad variety of artists. Two of which were members of The Ugly Club (, another awesome band. Lou Panico of Socratic also did a solo performance (he has the voice of a very handsome angel). Not to mention the fact that another performer actually proposed at the end of his set (she said yes!). So as you can tell, it’s quite an exciting time and we definitely plan to go back. Open mic is every Monday, so go out and support local artists, and who knows, you may catch us there again!

We performed four songs including the live premiere of Risky Business. From what I hear we have some video of our set, so as soon as any of it is up, we won’t be greedy, we’ll share!

So please, check out the venue, all the other artists, and hopefully you continue to check out and share our music as well!

Thanks for reading, 

Peace, love, penguins, muppets, and tom hanks,


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