ABOUT SCARLET LIES
With the release of their first album, Monsters Coming Out, Scarlet Lies brings a new feel to the rock genre. Lush with addictive progressions, soulful aggressive vocals, and plenty of pop undertones, the record boasts an anthemic, alternative rock aesthetic with a pop twist. Though the songs are diverse from one another, the glue that holds it all together is definitive of an eclectic, yet concise, concept album. Most importantly, the record never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.
The first single, “Crush It” is a fun, indie pop classic. Complete with a bopping rhythm, an explosive chorus, and bouncing vocal hooks, the song breathes and builds effortlessly as it plays on.
“The lyrics of the song make the title fairly obvious; there is a play on words that lends either an ironic depth or a classic silliness to “Crush It” depending on who is listening. Singer and front woman, Tamara often finds herself being both the recipient and giver of fleeting crushes. Therefore, the song was purposefully meant to be simple, catchy and repetitive, in the same way most of us experience our own crushes. Not to mention, it’s fun to flirt with your band mates on stage-- we all have crushes on one another.” explains drummer, Noël Rivard of the bands’ single.
Although the single does speak volumes for the album, to get a real understanding of where Scarlet Lies is coming from, the record should be heard in its entirety.
“Our sound is perpetually evolving by nature of our desire to maintain an openness to new material and ideas. Everyone in the band is encouraged to bring his/her dish to the proverbial music table. The more we work together and have fun while doing it –– striking the balance of individual affinity and collaborative compromise –– the more creative gold comes out of our instruments. The record is about the beauty of getting to a hard-earned place. We have all spent years honing our skills and being forged in the fire, so to speak. Music is hard, and so is collaborating with other humans. Monsters Coming Out pays homage to the introspective process of allowing our past experiences to inform –– but not define –– our present. To be truly free we must first accept that monsters exist in each of our lives, and then deny them their haunting power. Essentially, Monsters Coming Out is meant to be about coming out on the other side of difficulty, dealing with your demons, and cutting your monsters loose; but not taking yourself too seriously in the process.” says Noël of the album.
Having played in previous bands before, Vocalist Tamara Marla and drummer Noël Marie Rivard decided to collaborate and form their own project in the summer of 2016. The ladies successfully distilled a new sound by combining both of their diverse musical backgrounds and influences. Starting off with symphonic/classical piano arrangements by Noël, the girls later brought guitar player, Mark Bolohan into the mix. His raw talent and affinity for effects pedals brought the band closer to the glam-pop-rock sound they wanted. Though things were going well, the band knew they were missing an imperative piece of the pie; therefore, they cooked up a plan and sweet-talked Ian Dixon into coming for an audition. Ian’s undeniable charm won the trio over. With the lineup complete, Scarlet Lies hit the ground running; by mid-summer, they played their first show on the main stage at Ferndale’s Annual Pride Festival (Metro-Detroit, MI) in the middle of a thunderstorm. After some time, the band put together the songs for their debut release and focused on bringing it to life. Thus, the album Monsters Coming Out was born -- epitomizing both the individual and collective journeys (internally and externally) people take.
Monsters Coming Out is now available for streaming and downloads on most major digital outlets and the band is working on putting together Midwest, mini-tours around the New York and Chicago areas.