Review Fix chats with The Scared Crows’ Tyler Forrest, who discusses the band’s origin, creative process, goals and standout track, “I Hope Your Phone Dies.”
Review Fix: How did the project start?
Tyler Forrest: The Scared Crows was formed from apartment jams around North Hollywood. For a while, I was bouncing around with my acoustic guitar hosting jams in friends and strangers apartments, which eventually led to jamming at venues. This is how we all came together. Simply through the love of playing music.
Review Fix: What’s your creative process like?
Forrest: Usually starts with a song idea. A guitar riff or a melody. Maybe even a theme. I’ll usually dwell on it for a few days and write lyrics, really discover the song. At that point the other guys come in and we will work together to shape the rhythm, structure, and any extra chord progressions. This when the song really comes to life. We’ll do a live recording with video right away to log it.
Review Fix: What’s your standout song? How was it written?
Forrest: Right now I’d say it’s “I Hope Your Phone Dies.” It’s a cynical song mocking cell phone culture. It actually started as an emotional ballad. I would play it around, never really settling on lyrics. It wasn’t until we went to record it did the full version come out. It kind of just happened one day. It evolved into a super catchy dance tune. We immediately shot a music video for it and put it out.
Review Fix: What are your goals for 2019?
Forrest: We are talking now about the logistics of recording our full length album. We are also about to start hosting music nights once a week at the Alley in NoHo, a historic music shack where many legendary musicians got their start. For this year, I just want to keep evolving as a musician and as a unit. I would like to hit the road and play for new audiences, but I am patient. We have something special.
Review Fix: How do you want your music to affect people?
Forrest: In the best ways. I want our music to move you. I hope to inspire and motivate, especially the younger generations. I want to prove that in a world of electro redundancy and mumble rap that good original music is still alive. I want to set a new standard. When people hear a Scared Crows song, I want them to sing along. I want them to feel comfortable in their own skin. Music can do that.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Forrest: Keep writing and recording. Put out the album. Keep spreading awareness. I don’t really know what’s next. Anything can happen at any moment. In the meantime, though, we’ll be at The Alley writing our names on the walls of rock and roll history.