When you say “21st century rock”,
what comes to mind? A scatter-gun of styles, lyrics, beats, genres,
vocals and the varied instrumental appeal streams your consciousness.
How do you know when a new artist emerges? Is it the track you hear
continually posted on Top 40, or the Country charts? How about the indie
artist who pioneers the new alt- rock territories? There is no clear
answer but when you hear a song that has you walking away singing, you
know, the magic is there. The Scott DeCarlo Six are 21st century rock
- reasonably reminiscent, yet they are completely original and strikingly
The Scott DeCarlo Six, led by their namesake lead vocalist
and songwriter, Scott DeCarlo, all hail from New Jersey. The band features:
Dave Crum/guitar, Jason Krebs/ keyboards, Bobby Fuchs/bass, Chris Tsageneas/drums
and Paul Del Coral/rhythm guitar and without a doubt, they are pioneers
in “21st century rock”. You could say SD Six are “Americana”
as you can get, but in a “New Jersey kind of way”.
The band has just released a definitive hybrid indie
album, recorded in Nashville and helmed by producers Biff Watson and
Eric Legg. Entitled “A Whole New Kind Of Crazy” and now
on iTunes, the LP is composed of original songs penned by Scott and
a few co-writers, including producer Biff Watson and songwriter Clint
Search awholenewkindofcrazy.com or sdsix.spinshop.com
for further album information.
“A Whole New Kind Of Crazy” song-by-song,
delves into love lost, love found, the working man, artist identity,
belief, live performance and the unity of sound only a band can deliver.
Springsteen tapped into those anthems with the E Street Band, Tom Petty
with The Heartbreakers, and Donald Fagen with Steely Dan. The “band
unity” also gave birth to Country artists like Vince Gill, Garth
Brooks and Willie Nelson. All of these artists left their impression
on the Scott DeCarlo Six. Those impressions are subliminal and rooted
and they are assuredly echoed throughout the album, track for track.
“A Whole New Kind Of Crazy” was formally
introduced, both live and digitally, on the 4th of July, which is more
than appropriate. For Scott and the band, their current mission is perform
their songs live and give it that band edge. During the recording of
the album, Scott gathered in some of Nashville’s best studio session
musicians including: Biff Watson/acoustic guitar, Scott Williamson/drums
and percussion, Jimmy Lee Sloas/bass, Kelly Back/electric guitars, Adam
Schoenfeld/electric guitars and Mike Rojas/keyboards. Using Nashville
musicians was an economic decision originally.
Now that it is mastered and debuted, the album and its
songs are in the hands of SD Six to carry it on.
The Scott DeCarlo Six remained back in New Jersey and
with the tracks were finished, which took months, the band reclaimed
their position and also maintained their day-jobs. Traveling to and
from Nashville (for all) was not an option. When you are a music teacher,
lawyer, landscape consultant, or in Scott’s case, a 15 year police
Sargent, you wear two “employed hats”.
DeCarlo explained, “I love Nashville but Jersey is our home base.
Nashville is the last bastion left where the music still rules the recording.
I trusted Biff and Eric and instead of trying and fly entire band back
and forth between New Jersey and Nashville, using their vacation time,
I opted to have the Nashville musicians Biff suggested. I didn’t
know how it would work out but when the album was done, SD Six triumphantly
The Nashville musicians understood my logistical dilemma
and they have since played coach to SD Six. That kind of band union,
spirit and camaraderie made the transition a flawless one. I challenge
anyone who listens to “A Whole New Kind Of Crazy” to find
the seams where recorded Nashville ends and “live performance
New Jersey” takes over. We were able to blend the two and the
end result is an edgy Americana sound cemented into 21st century rock.”
“A Whole New Kind Of Crazy” consists of
original songs like: “I Like, I Love, I Hate You”, “Who
I Really Am”, “Somebody”, “Black Eye Wondering”,
“Believe”, “Shout Out Loud”, “Little Devil”,
“I Closed The Book”, “Built This Floor” and
the title cut, “A Whole New Kind Of Crazy”. It was a gamble
to do only original songs but Scott and band did not want to get caught
up in cover tunes. When you hear the album, you will experience “A
Whole New Kind Of Crazy”. Then, go see the Scott DeCarlo Six live
here in New Jersey at:
New York City
Sayreville, NJ (Thunder 106)
Benefit for St. Lucy’s
6th Annual Toy and Clothing Fund Drive
“A Whole New Kind of Crazy” LP is available
for downloads and sampling via: http://sdsix.spinshop.com/
PS: Please note, the annual St. Lucy’s Toy and
Clothing Fund Drive will take place the (now) entire month of December
with a “special show -Scott DeCarlo Six & Friends –