HOMETOWN: Chicago, IL
HOW I HEARD ABOUT THEM: I got a CD in the mail called Off the Clock: Up and Coming Artists from Starbucks. “From Starbucks???? Waaahh?” I remembered hearing last year that Starbucks was going to take big initiatives to promote more music, after their stellar success with selling CDs for well-known artists like Ray Charles and Bob Dylan. Curious to see what type of “up and coming artists” such a huge corporation would pick, I popped the CD into my player. The first track off the compilation was one by Scatteredtrees. The Backseat Blogger instantly asked, “who is this?” “I dunno, some band called Scatteredtrees,” I replied. “They’re great!,” said the Backseat Blogger, “Where are they from?” I looked at the back of the CD, “Um.. Chicago, Illinois.” Then I took a look at the press release, reading the first paragraph: “…15 original tracks by Starbucks employees…the result of a company-wide contest that invited Starbucks partners (employees) to submit original solo or band recordings. “Woah!” I exclaimed, “that’s pretty cool!” A whole CD devoted to the music of baristas, assistant managers, and shift supervisors around the country.
LATEST RELEASE: Soon to release an unnamed album on 4AM Records
SONG LISTENED TO: “Sparrow”
WHAT THEY SOUND LIKE: Bright Eyes, but not as whiny. Sweet, sensitive guitar-based pretty melodies.
1 to 5 RATING: 3
OTHER BLOGS THAT HAVE TALKED ABOUT THEM: No one…yet
LISTEN TO MORE: on the Myspace