Scouty's music is a unique blend of energetic, modernized punk, with some hip-hop and alternative rock and emo influences. The mainstays of his debut album, Prophet, were synths and hip-hop beats, holding down the fort for emotional and haunting lyrics. Pop hits like "Clautrophobia" and "Headsoheavy" drew listeners in to stick around for the deep cuts like the ballad "I See You," which leaves no listener with a dry eye.
His new EP diverges slightly, while still remaining true to his sound. Erasing Elation carries a murky tone influenced by 90's grunge, while the writing is more modern-alternative flavored. It brings back his unique vocal melodies while finding a new groove with distorted bass and natural drums. In just five songs, Scouty creates a nice variety between big rock anthems like the title track, and low-key tunes like "Birthday," bringing something for everyone to enjoy. In signature Scouty fashion, the last song is a heart-wrenching climax to the EP that will leave you craving more.
Read on for some behind-the-scenes info from Scouty himself:
Q: What were some of your inspirations for this new collection of songs?
A: There was a HUGE mix of music that inspired the writing, mixing, and production. I don’t even know where to start. I’d say one of my biggest influences was Third Eye Blind. I was deep into their second album called Blue and my god, it was destroying me. One of very few albums I’ve listened to in the past few years that immediately became a favorite, I definitely recommend it to everyone. Anyways, there’s a song called "Red Summer Sun" that’s this incredible journey, it takes you through all sorts of melodies and feelings and it ends with this gorgeous melody that wraps it up perfectly. I listened to it so many times, and Erasing Elation was just kinda birthed out of that. Which is really cool because I feel like I was able to capture a bit of that song within Elation, and that felt great to me.
As for the mixing process, I had so many different references it was insane. But my favorite was "Heart-Shaped Box" as the main reference for "Untitled," Gabriel absolutely nailed that mix. To me it became this absolute, sheer grunge track that I’ve always dreamed of making. At least to the extent that I’m able to make one hahahaha. But yeah, some other inspirations have been Bleachers (of course), the 1975, and ALWAYS Blink-182.
Q: What's your favorite song on the EP?
A: My favorite song on the EP changes a lot. Every project kind of starts as a huge collection of songs I’ve written over the past few months or years, and almost every time there’s one song that really sticks out to me and becomes what I call my “savior song.” I call it that because it’s usually the song that gets stuck in my head and makes me feel normal or like I’m truly able to represent myself. For Prophet, it was "Claustrophobia" & "Mach 2." For Erasing Elation, it was "Untitled."
But through the process of making this EP, I’d say I came out of it appreciating the title track the most. Not only do I love the song for what it means to me, but I love where it sits in the middle of this story. I also really love the mix. Gabriel made every song sound amazing, but it’s fascinating to me to create this absolute monster of a demo and watch him piece it together and make it fit and sound good. Another reason it’s my favorite from the project is because the initial guitar tone and chord progression were super inspired by earlier Blink records and I’m just really happy with the way it all turned out.
Q: You put out a fantastic music video for "Untitled," what was that process like?
A: The "Untitled" video was absolutely wild. Paxton and I have been working together on projects since we were like ten so it wasn’t unusual for us to have a stockpile of ideas. But a lot of music I write develops into a visual in my head and "Untitled" kind of turned into this grungy, dark room that slowly morphed into the idea for the video. We spent a few weeks facetiming and coming up with ideas and thinking through locations around Salt Lake that would work well.
The main scene is what took forever, I think we snuck into two or three abandoned buildings; one was an old rec center but we got chased out by a cop. We had about six locations fall through before I had the idea to check out Suicide Rock and it actually worked out great. That and being dragged by a car were just two elements of the "Untitled" video that were above and beyond what I had done before. I’m really proud of it, Paxton and I put in a lot of work and I think it paid off.
I’d definitely say the hardest part was just finding locations and dealing with all these issues beyond our control. The weather was perfect almost the entire time until the night before the grave scene. There was a huge rainstorm and we ended up getting stuck in the mud with my car and it took us over an hour to get it out and clean it off because it was CAKED. Luckily there was a really nice family that helped us pull it out with their 4 wheeler. Very cool.
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