Jake Scherer of New Medicine Talks Songwriting, Alice In Chains "Unplugged", and More
Mon, 23 May 2011 10:00:16
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Most great hard rock songs are written on an acoustic guitar first, and the genre's best bands are always able to strip tunes down to their bare bones without losing any impact.
New Medicine singer and guitarist Jake Scherer definitely turns to his acoustic, and that's one reason why the band's songs resonate so powerfully.
"A lot of my songs start on an acoustic," says Scherer while out on tour with Hollywood Undead. "I'll be in my room with an acoustic guitar, and I'll write a little song before I even touch an electric. Once I bring it to the band, the song will morph around the acoustic demo. It's an amazing transformation."
Songs like "Little Sister" from New Medicine's debut, Race You to the Bottom, brandish that timeless and organic sense of rock soul. New Medicine hearken back to Alice In Chains and Soundgarden with a serious dose of personal panache that's unequivocally theirs.
It's no surprise what Scherer's favorite acoustic records are. "Nirvana and Alice in Chains are two of my favorite bands that have done unplugged albums," he exclaims. "Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell are the shit together! Every time I watch their MTV Unplugged DVD, I get chills because it's so good."
You'll get chills when you see New Medicine live too. They diffuse just the right amount of heart into hypnotic and hard-hitting anthems. Race You to the Bottom was only the beginning though as Scherer has already been penning new tunes. "We had a couple of weeks off, and I wrote a few songs," reveals the singer. "They came out really cool. I'm excited about them, but it'll probably be a little bit before we go back into the studio and record. I'm always trying to put a longer list of new songs together so we have enough ammo for the next record. Everybody can expect nothing but a better album than the first one."
It also sounds like a Jar of Flies or Sap-style EP from New Medicine would be quite amazing. Scherer laughs, "I'd love to do something like that. We've done acoustic songs for radio stations. It's always a different vibe. It's very raw and awesome."
Should New Medicine do an acoustic album?