To kick off the new year, Massachusetts alternative/emo band Sounds & Scenarios light up January with two new singles "Stalemate" and the nostalgic hit by the Gin Blossoms, "Hey Jealousy."
Boston Massachusetts-based alternative-emo band Scenes & Scenarios are starting the year off with a bang with their new double single release "Stalemate" and classic hit, "Hey Jealousy" by the Gin Blossoms.
“I wrote the lyrics when I had to move back home after I lost my job and could no longer afford my apartment, which happened right when COVID hit in early 2020. I was super bummed and felt defeated, and I wrote the lyrics around that. It was therapeutic for me, which was the first time that made writing a song feel that way.”
While the road to get here has not been easy, what started as a solo project in 2015 at Berklee College of Music would ultimately blossom into a full band. With Avery Jones and Braeden Rawa now committed guitarist and bassist members to the band, the up-and-coming band is ready to take the genre by storm.
"Stalemate" brings infectious energy and hooks that they have been known for from their previous releases, while nostalgic alternative hit, "Hey Jealousy" brings a beautiful and addictive twist to a fan favorite. With sounds inspired by Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, and State Champs, Scenes and Scenarios are ready to turn a few heads with their new single and more.
What started Sounds and Scenarios?
Tyler Chase: Sounds & Scenarios started as my solo project in 2015 when I was just shy of turning 18. I had gotten to a point where I had a clear direction with where I wanted to go with my music, and I just wanted to do it all myself at that point. After my senior year of high school, I was attending Berklee College of Music, and by that point, I was getting tired of doing everything on my own, so that’s when I decided to hire people, and then become a full band. A lot of people have come and gone since then, but now Avery [Jones, bassist], Braeden [Rawa, guitarist], and I are comfortable with where things are at with just the three of us.
What are your musical influences? What made you guys want to create your new single "Stalemate" and take on the iconic Gin Blossoms track "Hey Jealousy?"
Tyler Chase: I’d say influences throughout our career have varied, but as of right now, I’d say our current sound is inspired by Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, and State Champs. At the start, it was very much more pop-punk influenced (a la Blink-182 and All Time Low), but our sound has significantly changed since. I think another thing too is our band is really special and unique because of our influences. I’m inspired by bands like The Band CAMINO, Death Cab For Cutie, and The Story So Far, Avery is inspired by bands like Beartooth, Dance Gavin Dance, and This Wild Life, Braeden is inspired by Megadeth, Ghost, and Rammstein. All of these influences blend very well in our sound.
What was the creative process like for these two tracks in the studio? How is it different from everything else you have worked on in the past?
Tyler Chase: It was the first time since 2020 that all of us were able to sit in a room and record it, which was nice. During the recording sessions for Maybe Someday We’ll Bloom, the split EP with The Silent Mile, and “When the Fame Goes to Die,” we were apart, stuck at our homes due to COVID, sending each other audio files back and forth, but this time we were able to record it together. We produced it and recorded it ourselves. I did the mixing and mastering, so it was very DIY.
I want to tap into the lyrical meaning of "Stalemate." I know you guys wrote this during the early part of the pandemic. Can we talk about that?
Tyler Chase: I wrote the lyrics when I had to move back home after I lost my job and could no longer afford my apartment, which happened right when COVID hit in early 2020. I was super bummed and felt defeated, and I wrote the lyrics around that. It was therapeutic for me, which was the first time that made writing a song feel that way.
What have you taken from these tracks that you want listeners to digest from all this?
Tyler Chase: I think if anything, I’d want people to know that it’s okay to have setbacks sometimes, especially given our current situation globally. When it comes to our lyrics, we always write about what we’re feeling, and we hope that people can relate to it and they feel less alone.
Since it's a brand new year, what's next for you guys? What can we expect?
Tyler Chase: New music, new shows, and good times.