Deleted Scenes

Deleted Scenes

Deleted Scenes, a four-piece indie band from DC, released its first self-entitled EP in 2007, twelve years after meeting in grade school. In 2009, the band released a full-length, Birdseed Shirt, which was recorded mostly in group houses across the east coast over the course of a year with producer L. Skell (the Rude Staircase). It was met with critical acclaim from Pitchfork, which praised its “thoughtful existentialism and strange, drowsy downers” (8.0 score), and NPR, which called it “playfully unpredictable and totally infectious.”

After playing more than 300 self-booked shows in support of Birdseed Shirt, the band took some time before recording Young People's Church of the Air (due out Sept 2011) at the Garden Center in Hockessin, DE. "We decided to record the new album in a real studio where we could explore the dark arts with L. Skell while working more efficiently” courtesy of engineer Nick Krill (Spinto Band), said bass player Matt Dowling.

The band is currently on tour to support the first single from Young People’s Church of the Air, “Bedbedbedbedbed,” with a four-song, 12” EP released July 5, 2011, on DC-based Sockets Records.

Scheuerman's deeply personal lyrics explore his experiences with family, religion, death and joy. Scheuerman spent the prior year listening to old Neil Young records and distorted mp3s of American rock covers recorded by Southeast Asian artists in the 1970s. Scheuerman said the warped fuzz of those recordings influenced the sound of the new album. "There's a special energy that seems both young and soulful, yet somehow doomed." The songs derive their rhythmic feels from disparate sources—80s pop, R&B, surf rock, dark funk, Go-Go—which are decontextualized as fruity loops-based bedroom pop during the songwriting process, and then reintroduced into the band environment, taking on a new life with each iteration. The album contains a mixture of supernatural sounds recorded organically in the studio and home-recorded lo-fi noise.

Deleted Scenes is Daniel Scheuerman (guitar, vocals), Matt Dowling (bass, keyboard), Dominic Campanaro (guitar, keyboards, samples), and Brian Hospital (drums). They have shared the stage with Cursive, Wild Nothing, Abe Vigoda, Black Kids, The Antlers, Medications, Akron/Family, Matt and Kim, and others. They have played SXSW, CMJ, and Pop Montreal.

Some press:

"Ferocious and brave, this debut LP is a well-balanced demonstration of both thoughtful existentialism and strange, drowsy downers.... 8.0"

"[Deleted Scenes] has hit its stride in a major way on debut album "Birdseed Shirt." It's an album of smart, slippery and varied indie rock songs, but it never feels like the band is forcing things just for the sake of being different. Some songs have the nervous energy of early Talking Heads, while others succeed thanks to intricate subtleties that show an obsessive attention to detail. Don't get too attached to any of those sounds, though. Scheuerman has no interest in doing the same thing twice."
-Washington Post

"Birdseed Shirt, the debut LP from Deleted Scenes, is a creative and emotional album of soaring, hook-laden highs and more tempered lows, with each mood skillfully executed and full of rich imagery and metaphors. Taking the odd title from a Jonathan Safran Foer novel, the duo from Brooklyn and Washington, DC make playfully unpredictable songs that veer in unexpected directions while remaining completely infectious."

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