Ryan: Band names are notoriously hard to agree on. What is the story behind Year Of The Locust?
Scot: Exodus: 10:15 “They covered all the ground until it was black. They devoured all that was left after the hail—everything growing in the fields and the fruit on the trees. Nothing green remained on tree or plant in all the land of Egypt.”
If you are into that sort of thing well…So will YOTL dominate the land.
Ryan: How did the band form?
Scot: Fred & Scot Fred (the bass player and I) have been friends for years. We call em uncle Freddy ‘cause he is a ball buster/ a whip cracker. Peter Heller’s was in another great band. And the three of us met Awesome Ray Ray on tour with our old drummer.
Ryan: Your new album “Devolver” is crushing. How long did this album take to make?
Scot: The music was conceived over 11 months. Finished in 2 weeks, and recorded in two weeks. I hate the idea of peace meal “One chunk at a time” recording. That’s like taking all the photos from every cookout you ever had and putting it in a photo album entitled “July 4th.” It’s not a captured time/moment. It’s a mish mosh. Not a fan. An Album should be conceived as one journey. Not 12 different hikes up the mountain.
Ryan: What does your song writing process look like?
Scot: Shooting free throws from the foul line. Not that I can play ball. I’m lost on a court.
Ryan: Your current single “Rise Up” is a great choice for a single. What made you choose that particular song over others?
Scot: Munsey from Skateboard Marketing was in Sabella studios when we finished the album. When he heard it he simply said, “There’s your single.” You tend to listen to a guy who has pitched every band in the industry. That song grabs you and does NOT let go.
Ryan: An album this good deserves a video, are there any plans to make a video in the near future? Currently the Official Rise Up music video is at 7,000 views and counting in it’s debut week. Check it here: https://youtu.be/lgVvl1dkyKQ We also have a lyric video for “22.” Set for October release. A solemn lyric video about suicide prevention. Twenty two soldiers take their own lives everyday.
Ryan: What advice do you have for new bands looking to record their own album?
Scot: 1.Get your feet wet at a home studio, learn recording jargon/about the process so you have a knowledge base when you hit a real studio.
- Speak up! Tell the engineer what you want.
- Practice with a metronome. NO musician is absolved from this. Get tight!
- Don’t slap demos together to make an album. Until you have the time/money/resources to create a start to finish piece of art, just release E.P.’s and demos. Nothing wrong w a 3-5 song, kick ass, short and sweet demo to get the word out.
Ryan: How would you describe your music to someone that has not heard it before?
Scot: In all honesty I usually say this: “It’s heavy, melodic tunes with giant sized-sing-able choruses. Sing in the shower/car type stuff.”
Ryan: Does your new album have a specific theme that runs through it?
Scot: Yes. As we evolve and grow our ability to hurt ourselves grows also; both as a race and individuals. More options, greater weapons, more drugs. The album DEVOLVER showcases both drug related fall from grace to working your way back and taking control.
Ryan: Lastly, and thank you for your time. Do you have any news that you would like to share with your fans?
Scot: You’re welcome Ryan, been a fun chat. Checkout our youtube channel for “Rise Up” and subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_9hg5q2FqT0UD_8nlEdjqA
DEVOLVER is out July 22nd so be sure to pick that up and check our website for tour details. We are out in July August and again in October. See you on the road!!