'New Sounds For a New Era'
ScientificLifestyle (a.k.a. SciLi ) blends elements of electronica, rock, pop and soul creating a balance of opposites. Destined to turn heads with multi-talented front-woman Nicole Porter, Modern Sounds For The New Era landed March 28th on Mean Red Music.
The ten-track ride, which includes the first single “A Fraud,” combines the soulful tinge of organs and stellar guitar work mixed admirably with heavy drum rhythms, adding to the big beat and house music background of the band. SciLi is a forward thinking project combining traditional and futuristic, organic and synthetic, experimental and accessible styles.
SciLi presents a genre-busting sound that will redefine your lifestyle in the new era. SciLi is a dynamic trio that includes vocalist Nicole Porter, multi instrumentalist/producer Darius Holbert and guitarist/producer Zach Grace.
Now a six-piece touring band blurring the lines between electronic composition and live improvisation, the band is ready to spread their own inventive take on these two worlds with Modern Sounds for the New Era.
Chatting recently with the band, and taking it from the top I first wondered at what point did the SciLi project of combining traditional and futuristic, organic and synthetic styles first become more than just a backburner thought? Nicole - "As soon as we all met and began working together, the project began to take shape very quickly. I think we figured out very early on how to collaborate in a way that allowed each band member to get their input into every song. That combination of diverse influences and styles created our sound."
Your album title 'Modern Sounds For The New Era' tells it like it is, but in your own words in what way are these sounds ones the 'new era' would wish to envelope into its universal being? Nicole - "Without sounding self-important, we didn't wanted to be confined by genres or styles, in the hopes that our own style would emerge. If we develop a style that we love and can call our own, hopefully that means that other folks will like it as well. The New Era can mean the not-too-distant future where, stylistically speaking, we can all get it on."
If there was one track on this new album that truly encapsulated SciLi at their musical and lyrical finest, which one would it be? Nicole - "The single is the 1st song on the record, "A Fraud". It works as a great showcase for illustrating the nexus where our diverse musical styles meet. As far as a track exemplifying the musical and lyrical pinnacle of the band, it seems to be different tracks for different fans. That is a giant cop-out answer, but one we can solidly stand by!"
Based around those meetings back in 2001 where you were all brought together by a mutual friend, is that initial desire for this genre-busting sound as strong now to create as it was back then? Nicole - "I'd say it is stronger now. The longer we write music together, the more we trust, challenge, and inspire each other."
Being that there is a lot of digitalism to be found here on this album, I'm wondering how this visually transfers - from the audiences perspective of enjoyment - when SciLi plays live? Nicole - "There are pre-recorded tracks going while a full rock band is playing, so I think the digitalism translates in that it gives the show a full and rich sound with a lot of texture. Each member of the band has an improvisational section during the live show and Nicole is an amazing performer on stage, so we donąt just sit back and let the computer play the show for us. The computer adds an extra layer, another instrument."
Did any of you have any personal fav electronica artists from back in the 80s and such? And if so, have you had the chance to meet them one-on-one yet? Zach - Duran Duran: I've met Simon and Nick, they are both very friendly and funny guys."
Darius - "I really want to hear Dolby yell "Science" to my face!"
Is it true that your band name originates from the David Byrne-directed film 'True Stories'? Nicole - "Yes!"
What '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop song would you love to cover today if asked ... and why?! Nicole - We're actually working up a couple of covers of VERY cheesy pop cuts! They are top secret at the moment, but will be unleashed in due time."
Lastly, I like Penguins ... do you?! Nicole - "Penguins are the animal world's answer to the ubiquitous, corny dude who thinks the tuxedo shirt is hilarity and has a perpetual bad teenage moustache. (pronounced moose-stash)"
Thanx again for doing this for us today, and we wish you all the best for the future "Thank you! Rock steady. Love, SciLI."
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
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