Cincinnati, OH’s own Settle Your Scores just released a brand new album, Retrofit. BareBones Ent got the chance to sit down with the band and discuss, album, their music, and their typical 90’s night all while reviewing their new album. Go for a job below and check out what all we talked about.
Settle Your Scores offers the listeners a swift kick in the nostalgia with Retrofit. While the nostalgia is nice this album is so much more than that.
The band has such a great blending of classic pop punk and modern that offers fans a great music experience. Settle Your Scores went all out on this album offering something for everyone from sad songs, love songs, buddy songs, and everything in between. Let’s touch on some specific songs below.
“1999” is the first song I heard off the album and instantly knew I had to work with this band. The song is so much fun, and transports you back to simpler times. It is an extremely catchy song that pulls you in to it right away. Also, that video is incredible. We can bring back sweatbands on the forearm, right? I feel like I still did this within the past 8 years.
“Staring At The Ceiling” , is my absolute favorite song on the album…call me a romantic. The song is just stellar from the instruments, lyrics, to the vocals. It’s that song that couples are going to quote to each other.
If you like good ol’ pop punk and are looking for a great listen I recommend picking up Retrofit. It is solid from start to finish and I have had it on repeat for a long time now. The album came out today (Aug. 20) so you don’t even have to wait! Go check it out on Spotify and go buy it! Take a peek at our favorite songs below!
- Staring At the Ceiling
- Meant for Misery
- The Way Things Used to Be
- Broken Heart Scenario
BBE: For listeners who may not have heard you before. How would you best describe your music?
SYS: A more modern sounding version of early 2000s pop-punk. Big, fun, catchy choruses that will get stuck in your head for weeks. For people that love blink, NFG, that sort of era of pop-punk, I think our music is the closest thing out there right now.
BBE: I think you guys have such a great pop punk sound that fits in great with your New Found Glory and Sum 41 style of pop punk. With the genre receiving such a huge push in the mainstream again, how do you feel your band stands out?
SYS: Most of the breakthrough artists doing the whole pop-punk thing recently are sort of blending the genre with elements of hip-hop and pop. MGK is probably the best example of that, which is cool, I’m glad the genre is getting a second wind. But I think our music is a great alternative for people that are looking for a more traditional, true to the genre approach.
BBE: You have an album coming out very soon called Retrofit. Would say this album has an overall theme/message to it?
SYS: This album tackles a nice variety of topics in the lyrics but I think the overall theme is nostalgia. Looking back fondly at the past paired with the trials and tribulations of adulthood.
BBE: On the album there is a song, “1999”, which is the video I saw that I instantly said I have to work with these guys. What made you choose that year?
SYS: 1999 is just such a great sounding year. The repetitive alliteration of that number fit so perfectly for the hook of the song. The sentiment of the song is wanting to go back to being a kid again, so for me it invokes the whole late 90s to early 2000s time period. But I think pinpointing one specific year to focus around helps people connect with the idea and it might as well be the catchiest, coolest sounding year we’ve ever had.
BBE: I would have been 9 in 1999. So on a typical Friday night I would have been playing video games and watching TGIF. What would you have been doing in 1999?
SYS: I’d probably be riding my bike, playing my Game Boy Color, or trading Pokémon cards with my friends.
[Dude, we’re still trading Pokemon cards here!]
BBE: Of the songs released off of the album so far; how have fans been responding?
SYS: The response has been great. People seem to really be enjoying and connecting with the songs. We’re very excited for people to hear the rest of the album and get to experience it as a whole.
BBE: We are absolutely loving the album. Was the album completed prior to shutdowns or were you still working on it through the pandemic?
SYS: The album was recorded in 3 separate chunks with the last 2 batches happening during the pandemic. The vast majority of the writing occurred before the pandemic however. We were very fortunate in that, aside from a few music video shoots, our band’s plans were not overly affected by COVID.
BBE: While we are still struggling with the pandemic how do you feel the pandemic affected you creatively?
SYS: It’s definitely made things a bit more challenging but hasn’t had a huge impact on us so far. I personally had to work throughout the entire pandemic so I missed out on that creative boom where everyone was stuck at home and had nothing better to do than make music/art. I think being so isolated and not being able to see live music has stifled me a bit creatively though.
BBE: Many people picked up new hobbies during it. Did you start doing anything new through it?
SYS: I’ve become more introverted than ever and play video games more now than I have in my entire life.
BBE: With things attempting to get back to normal. What is next for your band?
SYS: We’ve got a few shows lined up to end the year that we are cautiously optimistic about. Hopefully nothing gets cancelled but public safety is definitely a bigger priority. If everything goes well we’d like to start playing shows regularly again and start working on the next batch of songs.
BBE: With things still being confusing have you been able to establish touring plans or are you waiting to see how things progress?
SYS: For the time being, I think we are going to be patient and make sure everything is a-ok before we delve back into the touring world. I’ve already seen several tours that we were postponed from last year either get postponed for a second time or cancelled altogether, so it still seems like a risky time to be making big plans.
BBE: What is the best way for fans to interact with you and see any updates you might have?
SYS: We stay pretty active on all of the main social media platforms and we pride ourselves on being interactive with our fans. Anyone can feel free to message us on any of those platforms and we do our best to respond to everyone.
BBE: Anything else you would like to add?
SYS: Be sure to check out our new album Retrofit available everywhere on 8/20! It’s our best work to date and we are very excited for everyone to get to hear it! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us.