SCMG – Who are the members of your band?
Jayna Doyle – vocals, drumpad; and Blake Arambula – everything else (synths, guitar, bass, electronic drum programming)
SCMG – What genre do you consider yourself?
Alt-pop / Indie-Rock
SCMG – What was your biggest accomplishment in 2017?
It’s a bit deeper than a set milestone – our biggest accomplishment was standing our ground and not losing sight of our resilience and focus when we often found ourselves in a very toxic environment as a band. A lot of personal validation came our way via accomplishments that are in the works that we can’t quite announce just yet – but they are BIG and a huge step we didn’t see coming.
SCMG – What are your plans for 2018?
FINALLY release the new EP we’ve been talking about releasing for years. We’ve been working so hard since we released our last EP, “GOSSIP” in 2014, and this has been a long time coming. This new music feels so good and refreshing. We’re honestly such different people/artists than we were even a year ago. Our musical tastes and instincts have evolved and truthfully, a lot of time has been spent exploring that – staying curious about music and listening to our own respective musical intuitions about how we wanted to shape our sound moving forward. We will be touring a lot more this year, having only been on the road 52 dates last year. We are excited to take our live show to places we’ve never toured before – the West coast, the UK, and play more festivals.
SCMG – Where and when can we find you?
We will be playing locally here in the Carolinas at the very beginning of March 2018.
SCMG – Who would you consider your biggest local influence?
Jayna – Great question! Blake and I actually met at a Baumer show at New Brookland Tavern and bonded from the very start over our love for electronica and indie/pop. I miss Baumer SO MUCH. Debbie & the Skanks were/are pure magic. HARPS, Marry a Thief, Madison Fair, By the Bull – all badass bands that had an early influence on us that we wish were still together. Our buds in HAPPY are the SC band to keep your eye on in 2018. Contour is killing it. Columbia’s Katlyn Redfern, Mario McClean and David Adedokun are three of THE MOST talented songwriters I’ve ever come across in my life. DJ Matty Matt is killing it. H3RO is killing it. It’s not even fair how smart Daniel Machado is. Our Greenville besties, Hugger Mugger (prev Signs of Iris) are the most underrated band in the state. We’re influenced locally in a lot of different ways, not just musically. My favorite SC artist right now though is hands down : Anfernee from Charleston, SC.
SCMG – What would they say about you?
Ask them! 🙂 Many of these bands aren’t active anymore, but I would sincerely hope that they think of us as carrying on the torch, and that we somehow make them proud in our fight to put SC on the map. We’ve always felt like outsiders looking in on the Columbia/Charleston music scene. I’d like to think a lot of that is just some weird hope of acceptance in my head, but it’s hard to say sometimes. We’ve definitely gotten the cold shoulder in many different forms which ultimately lead to the reason why we tour so much outside of South Carolina, but lately we’ve really found our own community among other SC underdogs.
SCMG – Who would you like to work with but haven’t yet had the chance?
Studio-wise: Butch Walker, Catherine Marks, Jack Antonoff, Joseph Holliday, Mike + Joey Pepe, Nicholas Shelestak, Mel Washington, etc. Locally, I’d love to collab with more SC soul and hip hop artists in 2018, like Mario McClean and Anfernee. Insert heart emoji here.
SCMG – What are your favorite albums of all time from any musician?
The Wombats – “This Modern Glitch”
Metric – “Fantasies”
Fiona Apple – “When The Pawn”
Kings of Leon – “Aha Shake Heartbreak”
Mariah Carey – “Music Box”
Third Eye Blind – “Third Eye Blind”
Daft Punk – “Discovery”
Bloc Party – “Silent Alarm”
Green Day – “Dookie
The Cars – “The Cars”
The Fugees – “The Score
SCMG – If you could meet any of your favorite musicians, who would you choose and why?
Jayna: We’ve been lucky enough to meet all our heroes and they’ve all been amazing in person. I have met Lady Gaga but it was very brief – she’s such a rad artist and human being, bucket list goals would definitely be to just get day drunk on whiskey with her and climbs trees and talk about the power of music.
A lifetime of music addiction and appreciation has led Stephanie to her passion of live music photography and the entertainment industry. Having a particular interest in exceptional guitar work, she is best known for introducing her kids to Steve Vai’s and Yngwie Malmsteen’s talent in an effort to promote musical discovery to a new generation.