For Fans Of: Isles & Glaciers, Sleeping With Sirens, Slaves
Having recently released their stunning new EP, Where the Heart Belongs, we chat to Softspoken frontman, Sam Scheuer about recording, vivid early memories of music and he shares an eclectic inspiration playlist with us.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
My name is Sam Scheuer. I am the vocalist in Softspoken. Played in my first rock band when I was in high school. We kinda rode the lines of pop punk/screamo and oddly enough, my band played shows with Chris Wethington’s (guitar player) old band “Thwomp in the House of Boo”. Life takes its course but we find ourselves in a band together 15 years later. Chris is the one that founded the band and name. “He honestly is kinda soft-spoken at first but once he gets his coffee, he opens up a bit”
Can you recall your very first memory of music?
Honestly, one of the most vivid, earliest memories of music I have is being 4 or 5 and dancing to Garth Brooks’s “Thunder Rolls” in the living room of our one bedroom apartment.
“If everything they’ve done so far has been sculpting something beautiful, Where The Heart Belongs is the moment they get to step back and admire their work.”
Who’s on your wishlist of artists that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
An artist or two I wish I could tour with, or even just collaborate with, would be Vessel from SleepToken. Though that would never happen. BIg fan of what bands are doing today, especially UK band Caskets (formerly Captives). Would be really cool to cross the pond and tour the UK. One or two shows with them, or all, would be great.
Speaking of live shows, what’s your favourite story from a show so far?
One of my favorite stories from a live show is one from the very first tour we did with We Are Triumphant label mates at the time, A Scent Like Wolves & RVNT. We played a show in WV where the only audience was the bartender and door guy. We all pushed tables aside, drank, and moshed for each other. I think one dude did end up stumbling in and buying us a shot.
You just released your new EP, Where The Heart Belongs. What were some of the most fun and also most challenging aspects of recording it?
Our EP is currently available over at softspokenmusic.com for $5. What made the overall experience fun was the fact our musical connection with each other has grown. I enjoy working at Sightglass Sound because it just feels like home. To have Cole Clark be a part of it and write and perform drums always makes it the best experience. Of course working with a new producer was a great experience. Andrew Baylis is more than that, we consider him our friend as well. He took me out to a bar one of the nights and made me sing karaoke. I sang “Diary of Jane” by Breaking Benjamin. It got challenging at times too. Song writing is more than just playing your instrument. There was a time when I got super frustrated. Baylis pushes accuracy and timing can be tough for me at times, no pun intended.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
I am 100%, abso-freakin’-lutely down with pineapple on my pizza, not sure about the other dudes.
Rising to the challenge, Softspoken have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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