I want to start doing something different on this blog; I’m going to start featuring some of the awesome, less known artists that my band has had the opportunity to play with, because we have witnessed a lot of talent playing with other local bands that isn’t recognized by enough people.
I wanted to use this opportunity to write my first post about a band known as Scribble, from Alton, Illinois, located roughly about a half an hour north of St. Louis, Missouri. Scribble began in March 2016 and have quickly began making a name for themselves in the St. Louis and Alton DIY music scene. The band is made up of vocalist/guitarist Drew Goble, drummer Josh Day, bassist Jay Hauck, guitarist Austin Hayden, and vocalist/keyboardist Heather Robinson. Their main musical influences consist of The Anniversary, The Get-Up Kids, and Hotel Books.
After my band had the opportunity to play a show with them in June 2016, I was instantly hooked. It was one of those bands that you listen to them and can instantly hear the passion in their lyrics and in their music. So without further ado, here is my interview with Scribble:
What’s the story behind the formation of Scribble?
“The moniker began well over 10 years ago by Drew. It was an acoustic act that started with goofy songs like “Foxy Love”, and devolved into personal songs about heartbreak, addiction, love, and loss.”
“The band started when Josh asked Drew if he’d like to start an acoustic gig based on how moved Josh was by Drew’s lyrics. They played an acoustic set with Listener in March or April of 2016, then Jay began playing bass with them. A few weeks later, Heather joined, and we played our first show in early May of 2016. We played our second show at Barnfest in May 2016, and shortly after began playing with Austin. Austin completely changed the sound of Scribble, and it was around June when we began writing [our debut EP] ‘A Year Spent Rough Around The Edges.'”
Your debut EP A Year Spent Rough Around The Edges has been out for almost half a year now; what has the response been? What are your guys’ feelings about the EP?
“The response has been overwhelming. We’re all completely humbled by the amount of support we’ve received. The DIY community in STL is insanely supportive, tight knit, and welcoming. It has been one of the most significant experiences I believe we have been through.”
“While we all love A Year Spent Rough Around The Edges, our new music is a full band effort that we feel hits just as hard emotionally as the first album. We are all incredibly honored to be able to share such emotionally raw and heart-felt music.”
What was the motivation behind the name A Year Spent Rough Around The Edges?
“The music we wrote was about love lost during 2015-early 2016. Have you ever been so in love with someone that you’d do everything in your power to make it work, but one party isn’t there? Have you tried moving on when all you can think about is one person? If you’ve ever had a substance addiction, or an addiction to anything at all, this record was ultimately about a story of a man putting all of his cards on the table, and feeling as if he’d lost everything. The only thing left was to try any means necessary to forget. We understand addiction personally, we understand heartbreak personally, and Drew’s lyrics personally affected all of us.”
“All of the music on this EP was written about heartbreak, addiction, overcoming obstacles, and learning to believe in yourself again when everything else fails you. This album brought us all together, and a support group within the scene. We want people to know they’re not alone, and we want people to understand that their struggle is our own. This album hopefully personified that.”
You guys recently shot a music video for Paper Maché…what was the experience like filming and releasing your first music video?
“Calvin Tiger is one of the most down-to-earth dudes we know. He is as excited about our music as we are. He was there from the very beginning, and we owe a lot to him for his contributions to this band. The filming was fun, easy-going, and his ideas behind it, along with the Easter eggs fit so well with our music that we were blown away by his videography. We also are big supporters of his band, Ursa Major. They’re currently on a hiatus, but will be back soon. We’re excited as well to hear new music from them.”
Does the band have a favorite venue that they’ve played? Why is it your favorite and why should more people know about it?
“We will always have love for Metal Gear in Alton, IL. Drew lives at Metal Gear, and it is a quintessential venue on the Illinois side of St. Louis for music. We’ve had bands from all across the US, and even Canada come play here. The shows are always jam packed, supportive, welcoming, and fun. It is so enjoyable being surrounded by friends who support you and the touring bands, and it’s incredible to listen to bands who you may never have heard before touring.”
“The DIY scene in Alton has always been important to all of us since we were all teens, and we’re extremely proud and excited to see such a small town have a huge draw and passion for music. It wouldn’t be possible without Drew’s other roommates, Robbie and Randy Kinnikin though. They’re the real force behind the scene.”
What has been the proudest moment of your band?
“Releasing A Year Spent Rough Around The Edges was surreal, but playing for people who are as emotionally invested as we are plays a huge role in our creativity and passion to play. As we said earlier, we’re all overwhelmed and humbled by the response to our music. A goofy bunch of misfits who love music, and we are excited that others can relate as well as they do. We appreciate all of the kind words and responses to our music, and love everyone who has supported us.”
What can people expect from Scribble in the future?
We are currently writing a new LP and will be going into the studio this year. Look for a fall/winter release!
I’ll leave you with my favorite track from the EP. Here’s Paper Maché:
Paper Maché Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDKnY7uVpqM
Thanks for reading! If there is an awesome local band in your area, please let me know and I would love to write about them.