With Scatterheart I wanted to create the same experience and energy, but with a live rock show!" And that energy is building. Already known in Western Canada for their colorful 'Love Rock' shows that leave audiences sweaty and satisfied, the band is excited to take their new album 'The Masterplan' on the road and recruit more fans. "The energy when I'm playing with Scatterheart is the craziest thing I've ever felt.", says guitarist Doug Fury. Fury, who toured for 10 years with Canadian rock goddess Bif Naked, is no stranger to huge venues and big crowds but insists that this is something different.
"I feel like we have created a high energy, huge rock show, but with a positive vibe! We try to give our audience the excitement that existed in 70's and 80's arena rock. Where has the personality gone in Rock n Roll? We want to bring it back!" 'The Masterplan', released March 10th 2009, is Scatterheart's debut full length album, but it has the sound of a band who knows where they're going. "We love every song on this record.", says drummer Mike Southworth. "Our goal was to see every song through until we knew if it was going to make the cut." That made 'The Masterplan' a big undertaking to create.
Bassist Wes DeBoer elaborates, "Writing took about a year, and recording took about a year. We wrote at least 50 songs to get the 11 on the record, but it was all worth it." Nowadays, with recording budgets shrinking, not many bands are fortunate enough to spend that amount of time creating their album. Luckily for Scatterheart, both Mike and Doug make their living as record producers giving the band the time, equipment and space to experiment and create. The other two members of the band contribute too.
Jesse, a yoga master who trained for years with gurus in India, looks out for the band's health and flexiblility. Wes manages the bands image and web presence. Together, the band designs their own merchandise, promotional materials and directs their own videos. A modern, almost all encompassing version of Do It Yourself. "We wanted to make a record that had elements of the classic albums we love, but with modern power and energy.", says Doug Fury.
"Those classic albums took years to write and record and you can really tell by the depth in their production and songwriting. Bands like Queen, the Police and David Bowie inspire timeless art. That was our goal with this album." On 'The Masterplan', Scatterheart hints at their influences, but manages to assemble all of them into something new. A sound described by music journalist Ferdy Belland as a, "crazy-like-a-fox melding of Queen-esque glam-rock inside stunning 3 minute pop songs". Scatterheart isn't afraid to take chances.
The band loves the unexpected and their audience practically demands it now. It's all about handstands during guitar solos, bubbles instead of pyro, and feathers instead of jeans and t-shirts. It's powerful Love Rock delivered in a classy way, and by the end of the show the crowd screams... "SCATTERHEART LOVES ME". Well, of course they do. Read more on Last.fm.
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