Boston duo Sounds & Scenarios have honed a catchy rock meets punk, alternative and emo sound that they describe as “accessible punk music.”
The band started out as a solo project of Tyler Chase (vocals and guitars) as he was about to graduate high school. It evolved into a full band at Berklee College of Music, before whittling down to a duo with Avery Jones (bass).
And on the sound they’ve honed, the duo tell us: “We like to think of it as a homage to where rock and punk music has been over the last 30-35 years. We take influences from the pop punk and emo of the 2000s, the alternative rock and punk of the 1990s, and the arena rock and glam rock from the mid to late 1980s. Our main goal is to combine and experiment with those aspects of what made rock so great back then and make something new and fresh out of it.”
The pandemic separated the duo but they collaborated from remote locations to keep making their music. Our latest taste of this is new single When The Fame Goes To Die.
It opens up with a lively intro of rolling drums and fun stabs of synth. Engaging vocals “Every day I feel like I’m a broken record, So I ignore my flaws and pull myself together, I put on this facade where I think I’m the greatest, But deep down I know that I am my own weakness” take over and continue over twinkling instrumentals.
That feeds into a big atmospheric chorus led by catchy vocals “Can you hear me, Over the sound of people screaming, And praising my name, Can you see me through the flashing lights, Will you still be here when the fame goes to die, Can you hear me, Over the sound of paparazzi, Shouting for me, Can you see me through the neon signs, Can you stay with me when the fame goes to die,” which drop into a more laid-back verse. A second chorus ends with the pace dropping before a final blast of a completely different, more self-reflective version of the chorus.
On the track, the band told us: “We’re over the moon excited for everyone to hear it, without a doubt. We feel it’s one of our best tracks to date, and we hope everyone else feels the same.” Check it out for yourself here:
That follows the release of a two-track single, Split, and an EP, Maybe Someday We’ll Bloom, already this year. Split, in particular, showcases a heavier side to the band. First track Kick The Clock Off The Wall opens with stabbing guitars that continue under vocals, which flow into a more melodic chorus. Wild guitar sounds then a verse ends on more intense screamed vocals and heavier guitars. Check it out in the stream below:
And there’s more of the same punky, emo-ey goodness on the EP, including opening track Seattle and the catchy Eternity and Reminisce.
The Sounds & Scenarios sound is heavily influenced by All Time Low and The Maine. Tyler is heavily influenced by The Band CAMINO, Jimmy Eat World, and Knuckle Puck, while Avery is influenced by bands such as Beartooth, Ice Nine Kills, and Neck Deep.
And on what inspires them to write music, they tell us: “Just stuff that we see, feel, or experience. Writing music is our cheap therapy, giving us the chance to speak from the heart for some form of catharsis. Around 99% of what we write is based off of personal experience, so we take our experiences and go from there. We’ve always had our hearts on our sleeves when it comes to the music we write; we don’t want to bullshit the audience.”
Sounds & Scenarios’ first show back after the enforced layoff is on 21 October at Sammy’s Patio in Revere, MA. But expect much more from the duo soon.
As they add: “Our music is for anyone and everyone. As are our shows. If you’re looking for music that’s real, emotional, and energetic, while also looking for catchy hooks and lyrics that pack a punch and bring you back to your middle school emo phase, look no further; you’ve come to the right place. Hope you stay awhile.”