New Medicine talks about their 2nd album “Breaking the Model”

New Medicine talks about their 2nd album “Breaking the Model”

New Medicine just released their 2nd album “Breaking the Model” and was just in Hollywood filming their new music video and returning to the Uproar line up for 2014. Jack Scherer (vocals/guitar) talks to Seattle Sound Live and reveals how Avenged Sevenfold had an influence on the band.

SSL – Hi Jake, Thank you for taking the time to talk to Seattle Sound Live

Jake – Hey, how’s it going? No problem and Thank you.

SSL – I am good, let’s talk about the Uproar tour. So, this is will be your 2nd Uproar Festival?

Jake – Yeah, we played the very first one in 2010 one of our very big first tours on the debut release and it was awesome to be a part of that tour, it was such a cool tour with Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold and Halestorm, it was just an incredible tour.

SSL – How does it feel to share the stage with the likes of Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Buckcherry and Seether ?

Jake – Well, we have played with these bands before off of a festival or something, we never actually toured with Seether, but played a few shows with them. I love Seether thou, I am actually a big fan of that band on a personal level. So, I am super pumped to tour with them and we love Buckcherry and we have played with them. Godsmack is obviously huge, they also put on a good show and Rob Zombie also has an incredible show, every time we play with them I have to make sure I stop what I am doing just to see Rob play. It’s going to be such a good tour and I am just honored to be a part of it.

SSL – Exactly, sounds like it will be one of the best lineups to date, I noticed you are only doing the September shows, with the first show beginning in Post Falls, Idaho.

Jake – Yeah we are only doing the 3rd leg of the show, only 7 shows. We would have liked to do the whole show but, do to scheduling conflicts we couldn’t. We really enjoy the west coast and the fans have been really good to us.

SSL – Can you give me some back history on the band; I know you started in 2009 with some amazing success in the last 4-5 years. But, how did you start out or have you been musically inclined?

Jake – I started my first band when I was 12 years old and started playing with my dad when I was like 4 years old playing drums and stuff, I always knew I wanted to do music so it was never a question at all for me. I started playing with Dan our guitar player and we stared a band called Adverse Unsung in 2005 while still in high school, yeah we went to high school together, we started that band and had members change out and developed a new sound and formed New Medicine in 2009 and had a bunch of label interests, that is pretty much how it started we have been going nonstop since 2005 and the things we accomplished in 9 years is amazing. When we were 17 we flew to Los Angeles to check out some schools and we thought about moving out to Los Angeles to go to recording school or something out here. Anyways, we got some tickets to Avenged Sevenfold and we saw them when they were just breaking out, they played at the Gibson Amphitheater. We thought, oh my god we have to be in a band that is what we have to do, we have to be like that. 3-4 years later we were on tour with Avenged Sevenfold and playing arenas opening up for them. One time the guitar player came into our room telling us how they love our songs and asking how to play one of them on guitar that was like completely full circle. There’s no explanation for that, that’s the kind of ride we have had. It’s amazing.

SSL – Wow, that seems kind of surreal in a way.

Jake – Absolutely, we have to pinch ourselves once in a while, kind of like “are we really doing this man”.

SSL –That’s really cool, I love hearing stories like that, sometimes it’s a struggle for bands at times, so when that happens, it’s really cool.

Jake – Well, we have had our struggles at times, it’s like a roller coaster ride but you have to remember things like that to put them into perspective and look at things at a whole, we certainly have done a lot in the last 5 years the greatness we have done has been amazing.

SSL – I noticed you were in Hollywood shooting a video “One too Many”?

Jake – Yeah, we are still here right now actually.

SSL – Oh you are? What kind of experience has that been for you?

Jake – Yeah, we love it. It’s a real deal video, we have shot other videos before but this is the real deal video, we felt like, “Wow we have arrived”. It was super fun, and the shoot was a very cool idea from what the concept of what the director came up with and I got to say it was kind of surreal just showing up and seeing what they had set up for us. It was like what you dream of being in a band and going to Hollywood to shot a video.

SSL – It is like a dream come true. Do you have an expected release date for the video?

Jake – I think as soon as it is done, I think it will take them 2-3 weeks to a month at the most to get it put together and edit it. As soon as it is done it will come out, if we are lucky, before the Uproar tour.

SSL – And you about to release your new album “Breaking the Model” on August 25th. Have you taken some creative time off? Since this will be the follow-up to 2010’s “Race you to the Bottom”?

Jake – Yeah, it’s interesting because we made the first record in 2010 and we did Uproar and basically toured on it and got up to the top 30. We did pretty well with it, kind of felt like a little train and it never stopped. It seemed thou as we thought we were losing momentum, we would get another big tour, a very honest way and we earned every fan one by one, we toured on that album for 3 full years so that is pretty good.

SSL – I noticed you had some lineup changes?

Jake – Yeah, We got a new drummer and bass player. We brought in Dylan Woods, which is an awesome drummer and he has a million views on YouTube with drum covers. Actually, he was about to get this gig with Paramore, he ended up in the top 3 and they ended taking someone else so he joined our band. So, it feels like we really stepped it up, nothing against the previous guys, Brian and Matt, we just think Tyler and Dylan are just killer. Most of all we took a creative leap and we made this record “Breaking The Model” that’s why its titled that because we are trying to do something a little bit different and stay outside of the box.

SSL – Yeah, I seen somewhere that this new album will not sound anything like the previous one?

Jake – Yeah, we are getting out of using the same formula, we are not interested in using the same mixers and producers, we just want to create the record we want to make and be happy with it and have no influence from a record label forcing us to do something we don’t want to do or anything like that. It was like let’s make the best record that we can make and that we love and the fans will love.

SSL – Yeah, I listened to it and it sounds like a breath of fresh air and sounds like nothing like the previous album.

Jake – Yeah, we feel that way, we hope everyone perceives it that way.

SSL – I know you said that “There was no influence from any outside sources, and I got to make the exact album I wanted to hear” But who are your musical influences? Or who do you listen to when you’re not listening to yourself?

Jake – I am all over the place, I listen to a lot of different genres, but a huge influence was Nirvana and Kurt Cobain.

SSL – Oh, I am glad you brought up Seattle.

Jake – Yeah, we are just excited to be a part of this tour and to be playing out in Seattle, it’s been a great city for rock and they have supported us. So, we are just excited to get this record out and make some waves in Seattle and it is a great place to get things kind of started, we are just pumped to get over there.

SSL – If you could give any advice to aspiring musicians what would that be?

Jake – Yeah, I would like to say obviously, you just can’t quit if you quit it’s not going to happen. You just can’t give up on it. That’s the biggest thing for me is like you will never win if you quit you just have to keep going. There are ups and downs the whole time but you need to have a good attitude and invest in yourself. To be more specific advice, I would say with the internet these days and being able to record yourself easily and with that kind of access, you have the world at your fingertips to get your music out there and “don’t think you have to get some big break with a record label or this and that” just make your music turn people on to your music and that’s it there is no secret to it.

SSL – Thank you for answering that, your answer just might help someone out there that may be reading this.

Jake – Yeah, no problem.

SSL – It was a pleasure talking to you and Seattle Sound live wishes you continued success, have fun in Hollywood and we will see you at the show.

Jake – Thank you, yeah see you at the show.


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