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Deleted Scenes

January 30, 2012

Deleted Scenes, photo by Laura Rotondo

Photo by Laura Rotond

Washington D.C.-based art rockers Deleted Scenes cop rhythmic feels from 80s pop, R&B, surf rock, dark funk, and Go-Go to craft a dreamy, anxious sound. Their second full-length album, Young People’s Church of the Air was released last fall on Sockets Records. This release pushes the band’s formidable rhythm section further and, after the drowsy bleakness of their 2009 outing, finally explores the possibility of hope.

Taking its title from a 1930s radio-church hymnal that singer Daniel Scheuerman found in an old piano bench, Young People’s Church of the Air finds Deleted Scenes testing their boundaries and bending genres, introducing the double-kick pedal to art rock, and taking lyrical risks to explore intimate themes of family, love and death in a style that’s more poetry than pop. The songs developed from loops-based jams in Daniel’s basement, and were refined over 300 live shows to their current state of crystalline indie-rock perfection.

Deleted Scenes are Daniel Scheuerman (guitar, vocals), Matt Dowling (bass, keyboards), Dominic Campanaro (guitar, keyboards, samples), and Brian Hospital (drums).

You can catch Deleted Scenes live tomorrow night at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, Texas with A Lull and Botany.

Brian snuck out from behind the kit to respond on behalf of the band. Based on his answers, we think they should let him out more often.

1. What is your hometown?

 Olney, MD. In July 2007, it was ranked as 17 (the highest ranked town in Maryland) out of the top 100 in Moneymagazine’s “America’s Best Places To Live” edition. Do with that information what you will.

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

 Probably Spider-Man. You know, ’cause we both live in Queens. That, and the whole bit with the radioactive spider. That happened to me, too.

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

 Ideally, Christian Bale covered in CGI body hair. Realistically, Robin Williams, or someone equally hairy that tries too hard.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

 That would be NBC’s hit television series “Friends”. The show to which all vapid, self-absorbed, over-privileged, white Americans (such as myself) can relate. To me, it represents comfort, conformity, and consumerism: The Three C’s of Success!

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

 I’m currently reading “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s the kind of book you buy in an airport. So, if you’re into that, I’d say go for it.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Hammer No More the Fingers’s yet-to-be-released EP “Pink Worm”. I highly recommend it (once it comes out). 

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Probably “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”. The part at the end with the thumbs-up… gets me every time. 

8. Cat person or dog person?

Cats. No question. 

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Truth. Somewhat of a question… 

10. How do you define sin?

 Well, as the product of a relatively secular upbringing, I’ll let my Catholic friends in the band handle this one.

11. How do you define virtue?

  I think Rudyard Kipling said something about this that sounded good. Maybe you should ask him…

12. Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

Ummm pepperoni, sausage, cheese… oh wait, that’s what I want on my tombstone. Eh, still works.

Connections:
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@deletedscenes

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