Scott Reynolds Gets Real: "Everybody Has a Band, And Most Suck"

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Ken Blaze

Like many musical stalwarts from the late '80s, early '90s, Scott Reynolds' fans are fervent and diverse, their common thread is a deep connection to his particular fusion of pop-punk fundamentals, traditional jazz arrangements, folk balladry, a little bit of cowboy twang, and a conservative dose of art house quirk. Their affinity for his unique work is what fueled a successful Kickstarter campaign last August that raised more than $17,000, in one month, toward recording a new album.

Since then, Reynolds -- a severely deft and prolific multi-instrumentalist who previously played with ALL, Goodbye Harry, The Pavers, and Bonesaw Romance -- has been rather mum. He's released a YouTube video here and there, and ventured out on brief tour stints, but aside from that, however: Nada. Where's the album?!

We tracked him down between tour dates to ask how this mysterious album was progressing. He told us about his beef with the Miami Heat, a new project in the works with Florida native Sam Williams of Down by Law, and what he'd name his dream band.

New Times: Can you describe a typical day for you nowadays?
Scott Reynolds: I spend most of my day scrambling around, worried, trying to figure out how I'm gonna get everything done that I should be getting done.

Then, at some point, I calm down and play my guitar. Some nights, I go to work at one of the bars that employs me. Other nights, I lock myself in my room and work on any number of projects to which I am currently committed. I'm generally a scatterbrained mess, and it's a wonder I get anything accomplished at all.

So how far are you into the new album? How close is it to being done, and do you have a name for it yet?
I've had quite a bit done. But I decided that I didn't really like what was going on. I had a number of musicians lined up to help me, but now I'm thinking that I really kinda want to play almost everything myself, and record it in my room. So I've taken a couple steps backwards as of late, but I feel like it will really start rolling now. With every record I've been a part of so far, I've made compromises with the others involved.

Money, time constraints, people who are smarter than me, people who play better than me, things like that have always caused me to simplify or adjust my own creative vision. Sometimes it's been for the better. Other times, not so much.

But this time, for better or worse, I want this record to sound as much like what I hear in my head as possible. So I took a step back, and pretty much started over. So, in answer to your question, I'm not sure when it will be done, but I'm really excited about what's happening. And I don't know the title yet. I've got several ideas.

Scott isn't a southpaw, however he appears as one in this video which preceded his successful Kickstarter bid.

What's going on with Bonesaw Romance, the Steaming Beast, and 40Engine?
The Bonesaw Romance is defunct. We made one record. Then I had some family struggles that kind of took me away from music for a period of time, and it killed the momentum. I'd actually like to maybe do another record with them. I loved that record, but I don't think that will happen. I blew it pretty bad. Jay, the drummer, pretty much hates me and he kinda started the band.

The Steaming Beast is just a clever way for me to have a band and never have any set musicians. It's really just me, and whoever I can sucker into participating. So, as far as this "band" goes, the sky is the limit. We (I) have nothing currently planned though. And 40Engine is pretty much the Little Engine Who Couldn't. It was an idea that Stephen Egerton (Descendents/ALL guitar monster) and I got all gassed about a few years ago. But it sputtered out. I wouldn't hold my breath for that one, but you never know.

You've remained pretty active during time between projects, with a library of videos on YouTube and daily updates on social media sites like Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. How have those tools helped you, and in what ways do you miss how things used to be?
I honestly don't know how much they've helped. I'm not shrewd enough to sufficiently manipulate the system to get my brand out there. I think, if I was more clever, they probably would be an asset. But mostly, I think I just waste my time making stupid videos, and getting a good laugh.

My friend Jeff Perlmutter makes videos for some of my songs. He's very clever, and I have some hope that, one day, people will find him, catapult him to internet stardom, and I'll ride his coattails. You should check out his stuff. Go to YouTube and look up Fissure Films.

There are so many things I miss about the pre-internet days, that I scarcely know where to start. I think mostly I miss being able to find good music. When I was young, there were very few places to go for music. You had a couple labels you trusted, and a favorite record store. It was easy to find what you wanted. Now, you can't see the forest for the trees. Everybody has a band, and every band puts out a record. And most suck. So exceptional musicians get buried under the huge pile of insipid rock star wannabes that are all over the internet. I think that's what bugs me the most. Many, many, many untalented people getting in the way of the very few exceptional ones.

You're pretty vocal about it -- what's your beef with the Miami Heat, dude?!
I can't stand the way that team came into being. I hate that they created their own mega-team. It just bugs me. Professional athletes feel so little loyalty to their home cities as it is. It's pretty much a joke to consider any team a product of the city it represents because free agency has made the whole system so mercenary.

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