It’s that age-old story of success in the entertainment industry: a group of friends records videos of themselves playing a few songs they wrote; one friend takes off to work on a tugboat in the Gulf of Mexico; those videos blow up on YouTube; the tugboat gig gets left behind to play sold-out shows and major music festivals across the country. Well, maybe not every burgeoning young band goes through this specific hero’s-journey of an ascent (in the film industry Richard Linklater came close), which makes Arcy Drive’s story all the more interesting to watch.
The Long Island–based quartet is now gearing up to release their debut collection of songs via their label home of Grand Jury Records. Following a series of three tracks released through the label over the past year, today they’re sharing an acoustic number titled “Time Shrinks,” which brings to mind the upbeat indie-folk scene of the early-’10s as well as more pop-influenced bands on a nearby orbit, such as Grouplove.
“The root of our songwriting is largely credited to folk music,” the band’s Nick Mateyunas notes. “‘Time Shrinks’ is a folkier, simple, and lighthearted song that was written for anyone in their early twenties who is having trouble finding their place. We had a great time bringing this song to life, and hope Uncle Neil would be happy.”
Check it out below, and pre-save the track here.