What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
screamcloud kind of started in New York, but the band fell apart a week before our first show. I knew Danielle(bass), who sang in another project, and she said she would learn how to play the bass and join the band. And she did! We moved to Philadelphia pretty soon after, and we met our current drummer, Charlie after about a year.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
The Slums of Your Mind is named after a lyric in the song “275,” which is a song inspired by living in/leaving NYC. The artwork is a series of pictures I took outside of the last place I lived there, which faced an alley where tons of stray cats would hang out. Our first EP, Artificial Flavors, was a little more lighthearted but I think our latest recordings reflect the heaviness of the band. The first track, “In Your Eyes,” has some lyrics I wrote as a teenager so it’s nice to finally get them recorded.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
My main musical influences these days are Sonic Youth, Screaming Females, Sleater-Kinney, and Parquet Courts. Non musical influences are whatever happens to be going on in the world or in my head at the moment.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
I play a baritone guitar, which isn’t incredibly unusual but I feel like it’s something you don’t see very often. It makes the music inherently heavier. I think
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
The Wind Up Bird Chronicles (book), A Visit From The Goon Squad (book) and Be The Cowboy (album).
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
They’re such different things! Recording is great because you have the opportunity to fine-tune things and make them perfect, but you can get lost in little details. I guess I’d prefer performing live, though, because it’s different every time.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
For this release, probably “In Your Eyes.” We triple tracked the vocals and did some interesting things with the cymbals during the bridge that you can hear especially well if you’re listening with headphones.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
In 2020 we’ll be working on touring more and recording a full album!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Photo credits: Nicholas Rahn
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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