DELETED SCENES - LITHIUM BURN
There has always been an element of darkness in Deleted Scenes’songwriting, but their third studio album, Lithium Burn, is more direct about it. Set for release April 15 on Nevado Records the album is named for the metallic acid reflux guitarist/vocalist Daniel Scheuerman experienced when taking lithium as a mood-stabilizer. Its songs address the distance between people—friends, lovers, parents and children, persons and their ideal selves.
Formed in Washington, D.C in 2005, Matt Dowling (bass, keyboards),Dominic Campanaro (guitar, keyboards), Ricardo Lagomasino (drums, percussion), and Scheuerman all share the creative voice, because they have to. After almost breaking up over breakfast at a Denny’s in 2012 the band retreated to a rented house in East Nashville to spend the fall reinventing itself. “I was tired of telling people what to play, and they were tired of me telling them what to play,” says Scheuerman. “We decided that the only way we were going to make another album is if we all had 100% creative involvement.”
The gamble has paid off. Not only does Lithium Burn sound like a band refreshed, it benefits from the addition of Campanaro’s Berklee-trained classical influence, and Lagomasino’s free jazz background. Produced byBrian McTear and Jonathan Low (Kurt Vile, Local Natives, The National, Sharon Van Etten, The War On Drugs), this album captures the band in their natural state. “We wanted to take an emotional risk with this album, and sound fully like ourselves—with no disconnect between what we sound like live and what our album sounds like,” Scheuerman said.
Lithium Burn is a treatment of sadness on an individual scale—ultra-specific details give way to universal observations; tiny moments swell into song-length ruminations. “Seasons of the Wire” documents the rise and fall of a relationship through minute details, each line beginning with the phrase “blame it on the….”. In “House of Dust” and “Landfall” silence rages and threatens to explode. "You Get to Say Whatever You Want" turns out the lights on the record amid churning low-end tones and squeals of feedback. Read it as a personal indictment of impulsive behavior.
The new video directed by Alec Sutherland for album single “Stutter”continues on that same darkly surreal path, with actor/comedian Dustin Diamond having a really, really bad audition that ends with his own demise.
LITHIUM BURN TRACKLIST
2. Caught In The Brights
4. Let's Not Try To Fix Everything At Once
5. Seasons Of The Wire
8. House of Dust
9. Teenage Kids
10. Tell Me A Secret
11. You Get To Say Whatever You Want