Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Scientific Upper Cut Q&A

Your name: 
Ian Holwood (with band in near vicinity).

Where are you from?
Aiea, Hawaii.

Name of band:
Scientific Upper Cut.

Who else is in your band?
TJ, Jimmy, TeeG and Skull.

How would you describe yourselves?
This group of individuals hand-picked by the universe has taken to a medium that can translate across language, can ignore the enviable decay of time, and live out to purify a message that can revitalize this dying chunk of organs we call life. Through eight-string guitars into massive heavy hitting amps, through rumbling, thought out, and groove worthy bass lines, drum beats to which all man alike can walk, and a soft crooning to demonic screaming from the bowls of angst ridden vocal machine… you find yourself with a band called Scientific Upper Cut.

Who are your main influences musically?
The band is influenced by a number of sources. TeeG (Singer) has been influenced from several sources. On his lyrical side, he takes influence from Tori Amos, GlassJaw, and E.E. Cummings. The poetic flow of the words these groups or people use heavily influence the chaotic manner of which TeeG expresses his own ideas. Guitar wise, TJ and Ian both grew up listening to heavy metal, nu-metal, hardcore, post-hard core, and lots of other noises. Bands like The Deftones, Korn, Cold, Mudvayne and Slipknot had their initial influences on the two, but later on noisier and crazier bands like Converge, The Used, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Every Time I Die. Guitar melodies have been influenced by other groups like Finch, GlassJaw, Head Automatica, and old school Incubus. The bass player has been influenced by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mudvayne, and the drummer is on board with everyone else.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
The only goal of the band is to create music for themselves. We have no vision for fame or glory. Thanks to high power computers and the internet, we've been able to record everything at home in Ian's and TJ's studio aka The Lab. Then through Reverbnation, Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and various other sources, we've been able to get our music out to people. Thanks to the internet, we've been able to achieve a fanbase of 11,500 by word online alone. We would like to see more people listening to our music, but it's not a go/no go kind of situation. We really just enjoy creating music. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
The first album drop, Blue Blanket Disaster. It was the first album to be completely finished by any member of the band. Ian and TJ have been working on the various riffs of the album for ten plus years, and it was one of the most exciting events of their life to finally see it in iTunes. So that has been the most impressive thing so far.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Any time Ian and TJ get drunk. I have a feeling the musical nonsense those two pull from is backed by a very angry and very dangerous demonic entity. They don't drink much any more, but when they do everyone is very cautious of their movements and actions. There is no proof, but one time a car on the block caught fire while they were drunk. Another time a chair "fell" out of the second story window of everyone's favorite bar. Lots of questionable things happen when those two get drunk.

If you had to choose just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Just Ask Me. The band unanimously feels that this song best represents everything the band is about:  Like the rolling bass lines that are not following guitars, the clean verse, heavy distorted chorus, and completely different third verse. The pleasant mix of screaming, singing, and poetic speaking. This conglomeration of thoughts and ideas is what the band strives for. 

Where can we listen to it?
The best place is our band webpage http://www.scientificuppercut.com 

Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your band that I forgot to ask?
We wear masks to protect our identities AND because we've all always love the theatrical effects a mask can allow. Bands like Slipknot and Mudvayne have been a huge influence on the band, and we would like to join the legacy of band dawning awesome head gear.

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