SCRNS: We're going to try and make it happen
SCRNS have existed under the radar thus far. They have only one track available to listeners and they've performed a grand total of three times. Yet for vocalist Erin Ross and producer Max Petrek, the goal of their new music venture is palpable: to sign with a major label.
So go the pipe dreams of the earnest and creative. But SCRNS have a sly secret: they're sitting on a fortune of dynamite unreleased tracks that--once let loose-- have a totally plausible shot at carrying those aforementioned "pipe dreams" into fruition.
"We want to be a part of that machine," Petrek says. "We're really interested in pop songwriting. That's where all of our influence comes from, and so we either want to break right in there with a major deal or work our way in. In 10-15 years from now I want to be producing, like..."
"Bieber," Ross says, half-serious with a laugh.
To some these goals may appear lofty, but their mainstream ambitions shouldn't be confused with arrogance or entitlement. The mainstream is simply where SCRNS belong. Their songwriting takes command of the explosive pop narrative and then reinterprets it with complex production and vocal effects, taking cues that span from velvety R&B to the sleaziest of trap. It's multifaceted, danceable and catchy, fused together with astonishing hit power.
"It's super fascinating that there is so much history and weirdness to pop music that people don't really look into because they dismiss it as trash or write it off," Petrek says. "But there are songwriters who have been around for 20 years and have written like 20 number one hits. That's what we want to get into."
Coming from such wildly different musical origins, their union is all the more intriguing. Ross has music in her blood as the daughter of two Grammy-winning MN Orchestra cellists, but for a while she was a professional ballerina, dancing in companies in San Francisco and Miami before hanging up the slippers and moving back home to Minneapolis. Petrek can also be found playing bass in garage-punk anglophiles Howler. Together, they'd made music before under a witchy, experimental endeavor called Joseph Stallion. But even this early on, SCRNS feels more important to the two young musicians.
"We had made music before. That was fun, but then we started doing this and it became more than just fun," Ross says.
"It was really kind of a fluke," Petrek says. We had just been screwing around with different styles and made that song ("TTYN") out of nowhere and then we've been developing it since then. I'm in a rock band but I wanted to branch out and so it's just another idea, another part of my brain that I can go to. It's more personal."
At this juncture, SCRNS are aglow in their own potential energy. Admitted "studio rats," the two stay on the grind, recording new material and working with producer/local band manager extraordinaire Chris Heidman to perfect it.
They've got the vim and they've got the talent, but with such limited material released, they're still taking the proverbial breath before diving into the deep end. The coming months will hopefully yield another single and video release, but there is no firm release projection for an EP or LP yet. But after that it's only a matter of time. As they gradually unleash their singular pop assault onto the world, results are imminent.
"We have really huge goals but I think that people should set goals like that for themselves," Petrek says.
"It's not like we think that all of this is going to happen in a month," Ross adds.
"But we're going to try and make it happen," Petrek says.
SCRNS perform with Frankie Teardrop and Strange Names at 9 p.m., Thursday, February 20 at Triple Rock Social Club. Info.
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