The Scenic is a pop-rock act from Philly that has been slowly climbing their way up the ladder in the scene. These guys have been hustling for several years through constant touring and recording. Thanks to Jake for taking time out to answer some questions.
1. Please state your name and role in the band.
Jake "no wheat" Beierschmitt Ė drums
2. You've come a long way since your early shows when you were competing in The Break Contest for Bamboozle and then signing to Victory Records. What do you attribute to this success?
We kept ourselves focused throughout the years and established goals and worked hard for them. We'd be lying if we said there wasn't any luck involved... but overall itís about hard work.
3. Your new album, Bipolaroid, is a big step for you guys. What was the mindset when writing/recording?
We really wanted to write a record that suited us. We felt our first record was rushed and it didnít turn out exactly how we wanted. We really took our time with this record and we're all very proud of how it turned out.
4. It seems to have a rougher and raw sound than your previous release. Was this intentional?
Actually, yes. We felt our first record was a little too polished and clean cut, with the record we wanted to have an almost grimy rock vibe.
5. There are a lot of auxiliary instruments and ambient noises on the album, who had the ideas to add them?
Zach and Jeremy had some great ideas during the writing process and we loved it.
6. What do you evaluate as the biggest difference between Bipolaroid and Find Yourself Here?
Honestly we wanted to be more of a rock band. Our last record felt cheesy at times and we wanted to bring more energy to our music.
7. This has a huge Drive-Thru era feel to it. Do you attribute a lot of your influences to bands from that time or more current artists?
If anything our influences come way before the Drive-thru days. We were 90s kids and we loved bands that range from the Impossibles, Nirvana, Seaweed, The Pixies, all the way to Weezer and the Goo Goo Dolls. Not to say the Drive-Thru bands didn't help.
8. You guys are road warriors - you're constantly on the road. What's the upcoming tour schedule looking like?
We're going to be on the road as much as possible. Weíll be out with Just Surrender and Phone Calls From Home in November and December weíll be going out with The Bigger Lights. We're in the works of booking for early next year so keep checking back as more and more dates get posted.
9. You have very interesting cover art - very similar to the Thieves and Villains covert art. How'd you come up with it?
We wanted to show innocence on the cover of the record. It kind of gives it a different twist to what the album feels like.
10. What have you learned from your manager, Will Noon (Straylight Run, Breaking Panagea), that you may have not known otherwise?
Working with Will has been an amazing experience. He's a very genuine guy who's done nothing but help us. Heís helped us with some of the harsh realities that this industry can show and taught us to keep persistent and work for our goals.
11. This seems like a much more personal album. Care to share any stories or mindsets that come across on the album?
Itís a very personal album. It represents the ups and downs of life (hence the name "bipolaroid"). Without getting into specific stories (mainly because they are personal) I can tell you that this record is not nearly as black and white as what it may seem.
The Felix Culpa, The Dangerous Summer, Sparks The Rescue, Go Radio, Thieves and Villains
14. Anything else to say?
Try to think outside the box with this record. Too many people these days take things so literal that itís almost comical. We feel that there is something for everyone in this record and we're excited to share it with whoever is willing to listen.