The Scandals & The GasLight Anthem, 02 Academy Glasgow, 9th June 2015.
Playing Glasgow as part of their recent UK, Ireland & European Tour supporting The Gaslight Anthem, Cat and I were lucky enough to meet with The Scandals front man Jared Hart before he went on stage at the iconic 02 Academy. From New Jersey, U.S , The Scandals are a four piece punk rock band who formed back in 2004. They are currently on their second trip to Europe following initial success in 2014. Amongst other things we chatted about music, touring and I discovered Jared was a keen photographer who is both a pretty interesting and charismatic man. He kindly agreed to connect with us again post tour and answer a few questions for BeardedRadio.
After completing their second European tour and having time to catch his breath, I emailed Jared a few questions about how 2015 is turning out for The Scandals.
Joe – You have such a powerful, presence, sound and energy on stage. Which musicians or bands have inspired you most?
Jared – There are tons of bands that have influenced the live show we try to put on every night. Bands like The Bouncing Souls, Lifetime, AFI, The Adicts, etc. are some of the bands that really stand out in terms of performance for me. Each one possesses the same if not more energy than their already hard hitting records.
Joe – You’ve now toured here a couple of times, how do the European audiences differ to your home crowd?
Jared – We’re extremely lucky to have the crowds that we have here back in the states. The real differences can be seen when you get to areas of the country where you’ve never really been. People pick and choose the shows they come out to and it’s a lot harder to draw people in when they’ve never heard of you. In Europe it seems that people are interested in finding and watching new bands and experiencing new music. We’ve been very fortunate on both sides of the water.
Joe – What home comforts do you wish you could take with you on tour?
Jared – I think my bed is the one thing I wish I could take with me. It’s a pillow top and it’s very comfortable.
Joe – What would be your 3 Desert Island albums?
Jared – Wow. This is intense. Rancid – And Out Come the Wolves, Far From Finished – Living in the Fallout, The Wallflowers – Bringing Down the Horse
Joe – Apart from songwriting and making music when you’re not touring and gigging, what do you like to do in your down time?
Jared – Sleeping is probably one of my favorite things to do when I’m not working or playing. Other than that I enjoy a good book, long walks on the beach, and Atlantic City.
Joe – And finally, whats next for The Scandals and for Jared Hart?
Jared – We’re gearing up to release our new EP as well as a split 7″ with Plow United. We’ll be doing some touring over the summer and the fall including a trip down to Fest in Florida. Hopefully we’ll be back in Europe within the year!
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