Artist: The Scenic
Album: Find Yourself Here
Label: Victory Records
Playtime: 40:26 min
Rip date: 2008-07-10
Street date: 2008-07-22
Size: 49.71 MB
Quality: 163 kbps / 4410kHz / Joint Stereo
- Release Notes
With a series of impressive accolades under their belt, it was only a matter
of time before Victory Records put pen to paper and invested in THE SCENIC's
breezy spin on current pop-rock.
The band had already appeared twice on MTVU, been featured in Alternative
Press, and shared stages with heavy-hitters such as Saves the Day and the
2007 Warped Tour, and these credits weren't without notice. Their infectious
brand of unpretentious melodies had captured the attention of nearly everyone
with an ear for genuine talent. Armed with a barrage of demos that would
easily translate into studio-ready gems, THE SCENIC began to lay down the
foundation that would become Find Yourself Here.
Comprised of four members with a knack for indie pop sensibility and similar
tastes, THE SCENIC was fashioned in 2006 with ringleaders Shane Reynolds on
drums, guitarist Jake Scisio and Frank Romantino on bass. The group thought
their ideal roster was complete when rhythm guitarist Dan Wolf joined in late
2007, but, in an unfortunate twist, the original vocalist then took an exit.
However, vocalist Jeremy Menard's outfit had also just disbanded, and he was
recruited to not fill another's shoes, but to make the role his own.
"We like to think it was a completely new band then when we wrote together
for the first time," Wolf says. "We all realized we had something special.
Our work ethic, songwriting and promotion was stepped up by all members."
This new dream team chose to keep their good luck streak going by hitting the
studio with producer Mike Watts (The Junior Varsity, As Tall As Lions, As
Cities Burn), who had nurtured the band's talent on the demos. Being a friend
as well, he knew the nuances and direction it would take to make the tracks
The ease of collaborating with Watts and new-found electricity within the
band is evident in the result, 12 addictive anthems laced with sunny beats
and views alike. Tracks like the driving opener "Lights Out" and its brisk
follower, "The American Way," wax Americana while providing a comfortable,
easy nostalgia for days of friendship, hot-and-cold relationships and
burgeoning dreams. With this collection of summer staples, THE SCENIC have
proved their knack for creating bright sing-a-longs that are instantly
memorable from just the first spin.
"When listening to our record, we want people to feel exactly like the
feeling you get when you couldn't be happier anywhere else, doing anything
else, at that moment in time," Wolf says. "We really feel we made a great
record. Overall, it's very feel-good, yet still has an emotional side to it."
With refreshing humor and a streak of good fortune to their credit, THE
SCENIC has created a buzz that has helped build one of summer's most
anticipated releases. They've made an honest, straightforward record that
pulls no punches in its messages. From the title alone, Find Yourself Here is
an ode of appreciation to their current state of life. In a line from the
self-reflective "Direction," THE SCENIC has ended up right where it belongs.
"After stepping back and really taking an overall look at the lyrics and
content in the songs, the theme really seemed to gravitate toward discovering
who you are and where you're going in life," Wolf says. "After everything
that everyone in this band has experienced, it has led us to this point,
playing with these friends and writing these songs. We have found ourselves
in a place in which we couldn't be happier."
- Track List
01. Lights Out ( 3:13)
02. The American Way ( 3:45)
03. Armageddon ( 3:02)
04. Hold Me Close ( 3:01)
05. Bon Voyage Mr. Bones ( 3:45)
06. Take Your Time ( 3:34)
07. Are You Down? ( 2:55)
08. And We Collide ( 3:23)
09. Notice Me ( 3:23)
10. Direction ( 3:33)
11. All My Friends ( 2:41)
12. Follow ( 4:11)