Settle Your Scores er fra Cincinnati, Ohio, hvor bandet startede i 2014. To år senere udsendtes det første album, ”The Wilderness”, og nu, hvor der igen er gået to år, sender de album nummer to på gaden: ”Better Luck Tomorrow”.
Selv om der er tale om et ret nyt band, sender albummet mig tilbage i tiden, nærmere bestemt til begyndelsen af 00’erne, hvor DR sendte Boogie listen hver lørdag eftermiddag. Her kunne den danske ungdom se videoer med tidens musik, og det var ofte bands som The Offspring, Green Day og Good Charlotte der præsenterede poppede og ufarlige version af Punk.
Netop i den boldgade befinder Settle Your Scores sig, for hovedparten af deres musik er velegnet som soundtrack til en ubekymret teenage sommerferie med fester på stranden og langt til hverdagens udfordringer. Blandingen af catchy melodier, rene vokaler og enkelte hårde guitarer passer perfekt ind i stilen fra de ovennævnte navne, og hvis ikke det var fordi, at Settle Your Scores ind imellem viser tænder, ville jeg stemple albummet som uden berettigelse og give det bundkarakter.
Men netop fordi numrene ind imellem viser kant, er de ikke uinteressante. Især sangeren Christian Fisher bidrager med ret ondsindede brøl flere steder, men også rytmisk kommer der ind imellem metalliske toner ind over. Afvigelserne fra det kendte er små, men tilstrækkelige til at hive et OK og tre stjerner hjem.
Tracklist: 1. On the Count of Three 2. Zero Hour 3. Growing Pains - Throwing Blame 4. Dead Man Stalking 5. Keep Your Chin Up and Your Expectations Down 6. Stuck in the Suburbs 7. Rise Fall 8. Off / On 9. No Ragrets 10. Your Teeth vs. the Pavement 11. Valar Morghulis 12. My Reason to Come Back Home Samlet spilletid: 38:01
The young Pop-Punk band Settle Your Scores from Cincinnati will release their new album "Better Luck Tomorrow" tomorrow, the 13th april, through SharpTone Records. We had a talk with the singer Christian Fisher about the new album.
Hello. First of I would like to congratulate you on your new album. Could you start out by introducing yourself and tell us what part in the band you have?
Christian: Thank you! I’m Christian and I’m the singer.
Why did you choose this title for the record?
Christian: It’s a kind of a play on a joke we have amongst the band. We always say that we have terrible luck, and our history definitely reflects that. We’ve had money stolen from us, lots of vehicle troubles while on tour, and dealt with some shady promoters. We chose this title because it’s the turning point for our band. It’s our first signed release and hopefully, the start of some better luck!
When did you start working on this album, how long did the process take from the first step to the final product? Was it hard to write new material for this record or did it come naturally for you?
Christian: Ricky had some of these songs in the works while we were touring on our last album, The Wilderness. Ricky has always been an active and brilliant song writer, so I think on his end he had fun writing it. I would say that from start to finish, including demoing, writing and recording it took about a year and a half from start to finish.
Where did you record the album, and who produced it? How did the cooperation go between the band and the producer?
Christian: We recorded with Johnny Franck via Johnny Franck Productions, ex Attack Attack and current frontman of Bilmuri. He’s a great guy and we had a blast with him!
Are you trying to express something through your music?
Christian: I think that all music is an expression of something, whether it’s a story or an emotional state. Ricky does a great job with this album expressing feelings of uncertainty and reflection on past mistakes.
You've already released the first song online for your fans to hear, how has the new material been received from the fans so far?
Christian: People seem to love it, which is always a great sign. We’ve had a lot of people saying it reminds them of the Drive-Thru Records era of pop punk, which is super humbling because we look up to those bands.
Who did the artwork and what is the idea behind it?
Christian: Jake Carruthers did the artwork. It sounds really cliché, but the art is based off of this super outrageous dream I had. In the dream I was walking down a dark alleyway with a light at the end of it. All the good luck/bad luck elements on the cover were in the dream. When I woke up, I immediately texted the band guys like “YO I HAVE AN ALBUM ART IDEA.” The rest is history.
How would you compare the material on this release to your previous material?
Christian: This release is mostly pop punk, but there are a lot more elements from other genres present in these songs. There’s some rock, metalcore, and even an acoustic song on this release. It’s definitely more diverse than The Wilderness.
What kind of stuff did you grow up listening to, and what kind new music do you listen to these days?
Christian: Ricky and Caleb were all about classic rock and pop punk, Pat and I were into metalcore, and Jeff used to be a rapper! We all came together with a common tase in heavy pop punk. We also love listening to metalcore on tour.
Have any of these bands been source of inspiration for the album?
Christian: Ricky definitely drew some metalcore influences on some of these songs. For me personally, I can definitely hear influence from Wage War and Of Mice and Men in some of the heavier stuff on the album. For the pop punk tracks, he definitely draws from bands like Four Year Strong, The Starting Line, Etc.
In your time as musicians, what is your biggest musical achievement so far and what has been your biggest experience through the years?
Christian: I think the coolest thing we’ve done was play our hometown Warped Tour date in Cincinnati. Such an amazing experience. Hopefully, we’ll get to play large festivals like that sometime soon!
Could we expect any European tour and maybe see the band in action here in Denmark any time soon?
Christian: We would love to tour Europe, but we don’t have any concrete plans yet. Stay tuned!
What would be the ultimate tour, festival or show for you to play at?
Christian: For me personally, I would love to do a world tour with Underoath. They’re my favorite band of all time, and they’re finally coming back this year.
That’s all we’ve get this time, do you have anything that you'd like to add or say?
Christian: I want to say thank you for the opportunity to interview with you! Also, to all the pop punk fans reading this, please check out the album. Whether it’s streaming, buying, whatever. Any sort of support helps us and we appreciate it dearly.
We would like to say thanks a lot for your time. And we wish all you guys all the luck in the future whatever it might bring.