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Homegrown for every show of that month. We'll also highlight the
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SEPTEMBER 2014 BAND OF THE MONTH
Kyle (bass, vocals)
Bio: Any artist must take risks.
It's all too easy to follow the status quo and succumb to the
powers-that-be, especially in the music industry. However, if you're
willing to raise that proverbial middle finger and blaze your own trail,
you can really make a mark. That's what New Medicine singer and guitarist
Jake Scherer realized as he began composing his band's second full-length
album, Breaking The Model [Imagen Records].
In 2013, the Minneapolis-based group officially parted ways with its
original label Atlantic Records/Photo Finish Records and amicably split
with members Ryan Guanzon and Matt Brady. It was a transitional period, to
say the least. So, Jake dove headfirst into songwriting in "Music City",
"For the first time, I had no rules, I didn't owe anybody anything, and I
could make whatever record I wanted to," he proclaims. "That was my
mindset. I decided to write songs that I love. With all of the changes, I
felt lost for a minute, but I took that as inspiration, turned it around,
and used it as fuel for the fire. There was no influence from any outside
sources, and I got to make the exact album I wanted to hear."
While in Nashville, Jake hit an immense creative stride. He wrote songs
for the likes of Charm City Devils and even received a placement for Colt
Ford and Keith Urban. Simultaneously, he teamed up with Grammy
Award-nominated producer and songwriter Kevin Kadish [Miley Cyrus, Jason
Mraz, Skillet]. Kadish pushed him to embrace all of his influences like
"We messed around with all of these synthesizers, drum pads, and
electronics," he goes on. "I've always been inspired by those kinds of
sounds. It's 2014, and there are so many sonic techniques you can include.
We opened up the boundaries, and the music really glued itself together."
As a result, New Medicine cooks up a 21st century rock style like no
other. The first single "One Too Many" swings from a sly sample into a
swaggering guitar bounce punctuated by an industrial pop and Jake's
"It came so naturally," smiles the vocalist. "The song is about
excessiveness. Everybody is guilty of that—whether it's drinking or
something else. We all hit the point where we say, 'Now, I probably
shouldn't have this one more, but I'll do it anyway!' That's the fun part
of life. You never know unless you go too far. That's also a metaphor for
how we perceive music. We want to cross the line."
Then, there's "World Class Fuck Up", which boasts an undeniably cheeky and
catchy refrain. Jake laughs, "When people's parents find out we're in a
band, there's always a groan of disappointment. We love what we do though.
If we're going to be fuck ups, we might as well be world class!"
On the flip side, "Broken Girl" explores a dysfunctional relationship and
sees its architect get more personal than ever before within the lyrics.
Everything fits that theme of Breaking The Model from the gritty
electronic-sparked attitude to the plaintive and powerful melodies. All of
the rules have effectively been broken.
"When we made this record, it seemed like there was a model in rock music
everybody was trying to follow," he sighs. "I kept getting in that same
disagreement with people because I wasn't interested in adhering to that.
I wanted to do what inspired me. This is our mission statement. There's no
mold to fit anymore."
The band has been on that path since day one though. Their 2010 debut Race
You To The Bottom surpassed sales of 30,000 and the group churned out a
Top 15 media base Active Rock single with the title track. Building up a
sizable following, they've toured with everybody from Avenged Sevenfold,
Hollywood Undead and Stone Sour to Shinedown and Halestorm, lighting up
crowds everywhere. Signing to Imagen Records in 2014, their next phase is
going to be the biggest yet.
Ultimately, Breaking The Model is everything New Medicine was always meant
to be though. "I hope people appreciate that we pushed the envelope and
didn't make the same record twice," he concludes. "We tried some new
things, but we never lost our attitude or lost sight of where we came
from. We want to make rock 'n' roll cool, young, dangerous, and exciting
New album BREAKING THE MODEL out now on Imagen Records.
September 14, 2014
New Medicine "Fire Up The Night"
Echo Effect "Vanity"
Johnnyrook "Chinatowne" feat. Brandon Sammons
Black Church Service "Ain't It A Shame"
Boiling Point "When You've Lost It All"
( Break )
Pinwheel "Die Laughing"
Pistol Day Parade "Rockstar's Girlfriend"
( National Feature - Detroit,
Kat Perkins "Barracuda"
Dawn Of Valor "Valkyrie Sky"
( Break )
Chelsea Hartmann "Beast"
Downtread "Stand Your Ground"