Alternative Rockers, Sick Puppies, have become an ever-evolving breath of musical air that perpetually provides their dedicated fanbase with emotional intensity and lyrical depth. Sharing their new chapter with the world and receiving nothing short of support has been a source of inspiration for the seasoned rockers who let us know that they have just kicked off writing their sixth studio album. I caught up with Vocalist, Bryan Scott, to discuss his gratitude for joining Sick Puppies, an upcoming bundle of joy that is on the verge of entering the world, writing a new album, tattoos and more.
Bryan, as you have recently joined Sick Puppies, I perceive that you were really able to mesh with your bandmates, Emma and Mark. How do you perceive you’ll experience creating music with Sick Puppies and adding in your own unique element?
Yeah, thanks for that. You never really know what to expect when you meet people for the first time and you have to see how everybody vibes and gels as far as writing music goes. Fortunately for us, as for our writing, we all like the same stuff and wanted to go the same way and it worked for the first Sick Puppies album that I was a part of, ‘Fury’. The whole goal of that album was to transition the best that we could without freaking people out. We were trying to give the people what they knew of Sick Puppies while at the same time know that I was going to bring a different vibe to it. It was kind of going down the middle; being who we want to be and also giving our fans what they are used to with the band.
I was a fan of Sick Puppies before I joined and what we created throughout ‘Fury’ is exactly what I would have wanted to hear from the band. We have ‘Fury’ under our belts now and it seems like it got a lot of positive reactions, yet we just started writing our next album about a month ago! We are trying some different stuff and are experimenting with some different things that we all wanted to do. I am really excited about what we’re working on.
I was going to ask if you were working on the sixth studio album and follow-up to ‘Fury’! Give us any scoop that you can share at the moment.
We kinda just began writing the album, so I can’t give away much information yet. We did a ton of touring this past year and just got off of a ten-week run about a month ago. At times when we’re on the road, it is pretty grueling. I know that some bands can write on the road, but it is pretty tough for us to do because our days are packed, you know? We are doing radio interviews all day, VIP sessions and playing the shows six days a week, therefore, we didn’t have much time to write. This is going to be something different though. This is going to be an album that our fans are going to love and in time, we are going to challenge ourselves to do something that we haven’t done before yet have always wanted to do. Expect something new and fresh from us in the near future.
Awesome! As you mentioned that you spent a lot of time on the road in 2017, what are some of your tips that you’ve learned over the years for maintaining mental health and home/tour life balance?
Everyone is different. Everyone treats their home life different, yet fortunately, joining Sick Puppies with Mark and Emma has been so incredible for me. They are both literally the most low-key, accepting and kind people ever. I’m really not just saying that because I am a member of the band now, I mean, I know tons of bands from doing this over the years. We just don’t butt heads at all. It works out great for us. As for our home lives, Emma and I have our significant others. Emma’s boyfriend is a musician as well so he totally gets it, and my wife grew up with music too. My wife’s Father has toured with Judas Priest so she was the typical little girl on the side of the stage with earmuffs watching her Dad play, therefore, she grew up with it and understands my lifestyle and it works out great. My wife is so supportive. We are doing what we love on the road and right when we get back home, we are able to get right back to our personal lives. You gotta keep a cool and level head when you’re out on tour, but always keep in mind everything that is important to you. Also, you gotta always treat others how you want to be treated. Don’t be mean to people and enjoy what you’re doing out there.
Right, and remain grounded in gratitude for having the ability to be out there touring. Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about any pieces that you may have and the backstory behind them.
We are actually the least inked band in the entire industry! I am the only one with any tattoos and all I have is one itty-bitty piece. But, I personally love tattoos by an tattoos artist named Rember. He is one of the best tattoos artists in the world. His pieces are super realistic portraits and I’ve never seen such clarity within tattoos. I have watched all of the tattoos shows, yet his work is really the most insane stuff.
The hyper-realism within the art of tattooing these days is otherworldly. There are artists out there such as Paul Acker who create pieces of tattoo art that are out of this world.
Seriously. Tattoos are becoming so realistic, it’s bizarre. I have my one tattoo and it does have a funny backstory to it. My only piece is literally just the number ‘11’ which is my wife and I’s number for “I Love You”. The meaning behind it literally started a few years back when we were slightly inebriated and wherever she was, she called me and we were chatting (slurring our words, having a good ol’ time) and as we tried to end our call by saying “I Love You” to one another, she was trying to say “I Love You” to me and all I could hear were slurred words that sounded like she was saying “Eleven”. She couldn’t even get out “I Love You”. Long story short, that become our number for love and it’s pretty funny how that came about. We both got the number on our wrists!
I do want to continue and get more work done! We are about to have our first child together literally any day now. I mean, my boy can be here any minute now! His name is going to be Phoenix and I am going to begin a sleeve with something to do with that: potentially a portrait of an actual phoenix. I don’t know if I’m going to do a picture of my son or where I’m going to begin, but I do know that it’s going to be ink on my arm that is about him. Personally, I think that I’ve waited on getting tattooed because I really want important and meaningful things tattooed on my body and what a great way to start it all up by getting tattoos that represent my boy and begin to branch out from there. I really can’t think of a better way to start it.
Photo Credit: Vicki D Photography
Totally. You are entering such a potent chapter of your life. I can’t stop giggling about the ‘11’ piece. Ultimately, within numerology, the number ‘11’ does represent love and it’s so beautiful that from the outside looking in, who would think such a small piece would have such meaning behind it? It’s totally your own story.
Exactly. And since it is on my wrist, I want to start the Phoenix on the top of my arm and literally connect it down to my wrist. It’ll be the story of my life.
Beautiful. Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
You hear people say thank you to their fans a lot, yet it’s a different situation when you make such a pivotal change as a band and change a member like we did. We truly have overwhelming support and have had overwhelming support through the change: it’s incredible. The fact that we get to create another album and that our fans still come out to the shows to rock out with us is baffling because it doesn’t usually happen that way when you lose a singer. Our fans have stuck around and that is a testament to what Mark and Emma have done over the years. Stay tuned because this next chapter of Sick Puppies is going to be insane. We have so many experiences to write about and so much that we want to share and say ever since we have started and experienced our uphill struggle of beginning again. I think that all of you are going to dig it!
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