Artwork by Zack Dougherty aka Hateplow
PREMIERE: The Schaus Project Release New Single “Happy”
The Schaus project began three years ago in the Pacific Northwest. All tracks are written, recorded, and produced by Scott Schaus in a bedroom studio founded on YouTube tutorials and sonic exploration. Interloping live and programmed instrumentation, the project is built upon DIY ethos and a penchant for alt-pop.
Their angular pop music routinely coincides with unique visual pieces ranging from various animation styles to 3d. The live set is the synthesis of the uncanny valley, an episode of Tim & Eric, and a heartfelt karaoke song for a lover at night’s end. Past shows include opening for John Maus, Wild Ones, and taking a prime spot at the PDX Pop Now festival.
Nothing captures the essence of the band better than their new single “Happy.” As the band puts it “Happy is a microcosm of the albums themes. Sexual intimacy wrapped around love like a condom. A fledgling musical career held to my burning crotch – grinding in a local scene. A mix of music for musicians and seduction for the average shmuck; these are the admissions I’ve been too hard to make soft in the past.
This was the last song written on the album and carried the goal of twangy, self-doubt infused realism. Instrumentally, there’s a strong focus on a western player piano, playing myself while playing with itself. While this is just one stage in the albums parallels with musicians and lovers, it fits right in where the posturing is more reverse cowgirl than missionary or doggie style.”
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