Interview – Arthur Hatton, founder of Linescratchers

Arthur Hatton is a singer-songwriter based in the southern US (first Kentucky and now Georgia). He has just self-recorded and self-released Odes, his first full-length album.

Arthur is also the founder and honcho here at Linescratchers. He sat down to talk with us about the desperation that bore his new album, why anyone should care that he’s Mormon, and how Eastern Orthodox Christianity has influenced his work.

 

Odes has a unique creation story. Can you describe the contributions from all the people involved and how it came together?

Well, there are a couple creation stories for Odes.  The first is that the project was initially created to help me repair my car.  Long story short, my wife and I were driving down to Charlotte, NC, with our very small baby, for a grad school interview, when our car broke down in the middle of Tennessee.  We were then completely taken advantage of by an unscrupulous tow/mechanic guy and depleted our savings completely.  We didn’t know how we were going to pay bills that month.  So I decided that maybe I should just get a bunch of my recorded demos into some kind of presentable form on a Bandcamp account and sell them to raise money for our bills.  I had been particularly inspired by a collection of ancient Christian hymns called the Odes of Solomon and a few of my songs were strongly influenced by those hymns.  However, due to my pathetic need to pay the bills, a bunch of family and friends pre-ordered the album, enough that our immediate need was fulfilled.  Since the matter wasn’t urgent anymore, I decided to create an album out of the material that was truly worthy of being called an album.  Around 10 months later, Odes was finished.

A few of my musical contacts I’ve made through Linescratchers helped along the way.  Ian Fowles (from The Aquabats!) volunteered to play lead guitar on some songs, and he can be heard in “Don’t Wake Me Now” and “Last Song.”  Davey Morrison Dillard asked me to write a song to be featured in his upcoming film adaptation of the play WWJD? and that was “Don’t Wake Me Now.”  Adam Kaiser of the Neighbors almost played drums but moved out of his city last-minute and couldn’t do it.  I got a friend of a friend, Jared Palick, who plays drums in Portland, to play drums on “Last Song.”  My sister sang harmonies on “Gabriel,” and my brother sang harmonies on everything and played drums on all the other songs, so it was really a collective effort from a lot of friends.

Lastly, Young Sim has invited me to list my album under his Feel Good Music Coalition label which I happily did.  I love that guy and take every opportunity to work with him that I can.

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An Interview With Myself – Matt Mylroie

Matt MylroieUpon hearing rumors that I had been working hard to wrap up an album project for December release, I decided to sit down with myself for an interview. Here are all the facts for our loyal Linescratchers readers.

 

Does your album project have a general theme?

To me, these are guitar-driven songs about life. They are real, they are raw, and they are relevant.  That’s pretty much the theme of the project.

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Fictionist and Atlantic Records?

In a recent YouTube video released by the Provo-based band Fictionst, members of the band browse a record store. After picking up albums by various artists and mentioning each by name, the camera zooms and focuses on the Atlantic logo.  At the end of the video, Fictionist frontman Stuart Maxfield finds a Fictionist album in the Local Music section. He picks it up and looks at the camera…

… proving you can say much more without saying anything at all.

Fictionist plans to make their big announcement at the Velour Live Music Gallery in Provo, Utah on September 21st.  Until then, we would like to congratulate them on signing with Atlantic Records. Congratulations, Fictionist.

Fictionist and Atlantic Records?

Interview – Michael Dowdle

ConvergenceMichael Dowdle’s bio is the musical equivalent of the resume of a CEO. He has played rock, jazz, classical, country, and everything in-between. On my mission, we were only allowed to listen to hymns or the Tabernacle Choir. His album 50 Favorite Hymns was a lifesaver. Adding to his vast musical repertoire, Michael is releasing a new rock/fusion album called Convergence.

con·verge/kənˈvərj/Verb
1. (of several people or things) Come together from different directions so as eventually to meet.

His album represents the Convergence of thirty-one years of experience into 49 minutes of pure guitar pleasure. This isn’t a record filled with mindless runs and flashy guitar licks. Each track has its own unique sound and yet all are brilliantly cohesive and melodic tunes. Don’t get me wrong. There is plenty of lightning-fast playing to satisfy your inner shredder, but all is woven into the fabric of some very tasteful compositions.

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Interview – Michael Dowdle

Interview – Calm Paradox

A transplant from Houston, Texas, to Utah, Michelle Kennedy has a lot on her hands. Not only is she a law student, she also is a singer, composer, and performer otherwise known as Calm Paradox, and releases music on her own music label. Inspired by classical as well as indie music, philosophy, and literature, Michelle has gained as much of a reputation for her raw, honest lyrics as she has from her intuitive tonal style. Juggling songwriting and performing with other pursuits can take a toll on a musician, but Michelle has not let that stop her from releasing an album of music called How to Mind, which is now available for purchase in several outlets. In this interview, Michelle tells us about her songwriting influences, her lyrical style, and her unique approach on How to Mind.

So Michelle, since you have a degree in philosophy, tell us what you think of William James’ Pragmatism. Don’t hold back.
A: William James and the Pragmatists are quite interesting, but that is all I have to share on the subject. Philosophy is a very personal pursuit of mine, and thus one of the few things that I’ve learned to keep for myself. Continue reading “Interview – Calm Paradox”

Interview – Calm Paradox

The Aquabats – “Hi-Five Soup” Review

For a few weeks now, I’ve been listening to the latest effort from the Aquabats, and contemplating my critique. Having done a number of reviews and critiques over the years, this one has been the hardest, because it is such a unique project.    I have heard of the Aquabats but had never heard their music until now. So, rather than review this by comparing and contrasting it with past works, I am simply going to focus on this particular body of work.

So, to point out the obvious… this is not your “typical” band.  With their spandex “rash guard” super hero shirts and their anti-negativity helmets, they not only deliver everything you would want from a world famous rock band, but they also travel the planet in their highly customized Winnebego fighting crime, including notorious bad guys like  Gasface and  Kitty Litter.

Or at least that’s what I hear.

So, on to the music… It’s juvenile, cheesier than cheetos in nacho sauce, completely over-the-top, borderline ridiculous, and… FUN!     It’s actually refreshing to have something on my iPod that is fun, light-hearted, energetic, and full of satire. Continue reading “The Aquabats – “Hi-Five Soup” Review”

The Aquabats – “Hi-Five Soup” Review