Scarlet View (Post Hardcore) - Kansas City, Missouri
Since the beginning in May 2014 we have shared the stage from Kansas and Missouri to Nebraska and have had the honor of performing with such national names as Avatar Gemini Syndrome and OTHERWISE. We are in pre-production for our first EP, to be released by summer 2016. We have a wide variety of influences from Periphery, Thrice, Escape The Fate and Nirvana to acts such as Nothing More and Bring Me The Horizon. Through these influences we have created a unique blend of sound: guitars that give your heart a reason to pump, a bass line that makes you turn it up to 11, vocals that still believe in melody (with a touch of metal), held together by a driving drum line that is a force of nature. This is the fusion of rock and metal that our fans have been waiting for. Join them at one of our high-intensity live performances and see for yourself!
More shows coming soon.
"Lies In The Rope" EP Review
This release is the newest offering from Kansas City post hardcore band Scarlet View. Let's dig in and see what they're all about. "(Make) Believe" starts the EP off with an electronic post hardcore sound that brings to mind I See Stars or His Statue Falls. There's a ton of melody that meshes well together with some heavy breakdowns and harsh vocals. It's an outstanding opening track "Davey Jones" is the lead single off the EP. The track goes straight for the jugular with its synth laden, driving riffs and catchy sing along chorus. "Wall" brings a different sound to the EP. There's a dash of turntable scratching intermittently during the track as the track teeters more towards the nu metal side of things. "Be" is an extremely catchy upbeat rock track. It screams single as it tears through its near four minute length. "Gasoline River" keeps the pace moving in the hard rock territory. The track really shines with a Buckcherry type sound mixed with the infectious sound of Scarlet View. "Blackwater" gets going right away and its energy never lets up. The track is a electronic post hardcore fans dream as it seamlessly melds together synth, screams, and melody. It's incredibly easy to sing along to the track. Closing out the EP is the high octane track "Addictions, Convictions, Lies In The Rope". The track takes no prisoners and doesn't shy away from mixing together different genres.
Scarlet View are fearless in their sound and that makes this EP really unique and refreshing to hear.
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Scarlet View” and is there any meaning behind it?
We all started playing music together while in high-school and have been developing our sound for the past few years as we began exploring our musical and life influences. Our vocalist Bryce Lowenstein came up with the name while sitting on a secluded river bank in Missouri. The sight of the sun setting at the end of the river just felt right. It could only be described in one way- the Scarlet View.
2. What do you want listeners to take away from the "Davey Jones" single?
"Davey Jones" is simply put a reminder that in our day-to-day lives how much worse life can get, and that we all should be grateful for what has been put in front of us.
3. What can people expect from your live show?
Our live show is a refreshing blast of energy, the adrenaline rush of deep, grooving guitars, heart-felt vocals, the melodic chills of the bass line and drums that make you get off your feet.
4. What's your favorite track to play live?
Our favorite song to play is most likely "Be". The electronics in it get everybody moving and jumping around, "Be" always gets us excited.
5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?
If we could pick three bands to play with, then Issues would definitely have to be on the list. Falling In Reverse and I See Stars have been great influence on our music as well.
6. Any crazy show stories?
There was this one show just outside Jefferson City where the crowd was rocking out so hard that they literally started bringing the roof down. They somehow stacked themselves up high enough to start taking out ceiling tiles. It was electrifying.
7. What’s your take on the current state of post hardcore?
The definition of post-hardcore has been changing as long as it has existed in our opinion. What we call post-hardcore, or 'popcore'- a term we commonly use to describe ourselves also- is alive and well. New bands have new music that is always blasting in our radios around town. Back in our home base of Kansas City, MO, the post-hardcore scene is alive and well. People go out to shows and scream their lungs out to the lyrics of their favorite bands. It is always great to see people tearing it up in the mosh-pits and letting off all their steam.
8. What’s the current music scene like there in the Missouri both locally and state wide?
The local scene in Kansas City has new bands dropping music it seems every other week. The scene is very supportive of each other and everybody wants everybody else to succeed. Lately, we have even seen local acts that put together their own mini-festivals of local-only bands that turn into huge parties in backyards, houses, and venues. State-wide we have seen bands that we meet for the first time in their home cities that tear it up as if they were playing arenas every night. And that is exactly the way it should be. Everyone cares in our music scene. Everybody wants to grow and the only way to do that is by helping each other get there.
9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?
We think the music should speak for itself. Yes there might be less money floating around from music sales due to pirating but as Dave Grohl once said- "You want people to f*$#ing listen to your music? Give them your music. And then go play a show".
10. What’s next for Scarlet View?
Scarlet View has just begun its touring lifestyle and will be on the road in a city near you very soon. We will be out there as much as physically possible for the rest of our lives and we wouldn't have it any other way.
11. Any shoutouts?
Shoutouts to our brothers and sisters at the Aftershock in Merriam, Kansas for being a place for us to grow and build over the years. They have always been there to support us and our music. Also a big shoutout to our producer/audio engineer Bret Liber(of electro-hardcore band Young Medicine), he is a big part of what you could call the 'Kansas City Sound'.