I got the chance to catch up with new Brooklyn pop-rockers Lawrence Kim (guitar and vocals) and Devery Doleman (lead vocals) of Scam Avenue via email. They’ve been making this hooky synth-rock that blends a ton of influences into something deliciously new and exciting.
Like their music, their responses were terse but poignant.
More on their website: www.scamavenue.com
Nick: You guys are all active in a number of other bands. What brought Scam Avenue together?
Devery: I had been searching over a year for the right band and was lucky to find Lawrence and that we clicked. I got involved in my other projects after Scam Avenue started.
Lawrence: Craigslist brought us together; Craigslist will drive us apart.
N: Lawrence mentions a wide variety of influences: New Order to the Beach Boys to Brian Eno. What’s the common thread here? What makes music “music” for you?
L: I like people who make music from the heart.
D: The difficult-to-define quality of longing/fusion associated with dreams. Songs that are their “own animal”. Ecstatic melancholy.
N: You guys have played a few shows around Brooklyn. What’s your favorite part about performing together?
L: I like it when an audience of strangers gets into it. It feels good to create something that other people enjoy.
D: Channeling something we made together that I love so much.
N: Any plans to get on the road and tour?
D: I hope that’s in our future.
L: Not yet.
N: What’s your favorite song from the 1960s or 1970s?
D: Aaaaaaaaaargh! In this moment? Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg – “Jane B.”
L: So many but right now off the top of my head without thinking too much: “Continuing” – Michael Nesmith
Visit their website: www.scamavenue.com