Jamie’s Elsewhere was a band that I heard about from some of my friends, knowing I’m a huge fan of the local Sacramento, CA music scene. At first, I was a little skeptical of them, but they eventually grew on me and soon became a fixture on my iPod. Shortly before his departure from the band, Anthony Scarpelli invited Aaron Pauley to sing for Jamie’s Elsewhere after Razing Alexandria disbanded. They wrote and recorded their latest album They Said A Storm Was Coming within months and have been touring like crazy. They are in the middle of working on their new album, so check out the interview below to read on that and other facts about Jamie’s Elsewhere.
MEB: So for the few people who don’t know who Jamie’s Elsewhere are by now, tell them a little bit about the band. What other bands were you guys in before? What made you decide to get together?
Aaron Pauley: Jamie’s Elsewhere formed in 2005 with almost a completely different line-up, and things took off for them in 2007. Not more than two months after their album came out, Chris and Nick left the band, at which time Chance and I both tried out, and were accepted. Some of the more notable bands our members have been in include: Mozart Season, Razing Alexandria and Sunday Airline.
What is the meaning of the name Jamie’s Elsewhere?
It was an old venue in Chicago, and one that Matt (guitarist) and Anthony’s (former drummer) dad loved playing in when he was younger. Naming the band was an act of homage to their dad, who’s done, and still does a lot for our band.
What is the concept behind your latest album They Said A Storm Was Coming?
I wrote the concept of the album after a rather bizarre dream I had and decided to expand upon. It follows a Mapmaker in the 1400’s, whose ship capsizes and is knocked unconscious. In his dream state, he relives a lot of past mistakes, and basically cleans out the skeletons in his closet. When he wakes up to realize that he’s in the ocean, he makes peace with the fact that he will most likely die there, but is at peace with that grave reality due to his making peace with his past. I don’t think many people would or will pick up on that on their own, because I sort of made it a point to not write it in such a literal sense, but re-listen, and see if you follow!
Are you guys working on any new material? If so, when do you plan on releasing it?
We are currently writing, but details are slim to none at this point. We do want to have the album out by early next year at the very latest.
Are there any major shows or tours coming up for Jamie’s Elsewhere?
We’ve just been grinding really hard at my studio and writing songs, and touring as often as allows. We do have a September-October run in the works, and all details for that can be found at http://www.facebook.com/jamieselsewhere
Tell your fans a little bit about Aaron Pauley Recordings. What bands and music artists have you worked with?
I have a small, home-based recording studio at my home in Vacaville, CA. I work with a lot of bands, of all genres, who are looking for doing more than just demoing, and who want to take their songwriting and recording to a level that you’d normally pay the big bucks for. I offer full tracking, mixing, and mastering services, as well as included production. It’s a rather large list, but some of my latest have been: The American Scene (featuring members from Aaron’s old band Razing Alexandria), Beyond The Grove, Brolly The Well, and many others.
What gear do you like to work with in your studio?
I’m an avid Cubase lover. As far as equipment and gear goes, it varies from project to project. I do love recording distorted or over-driven guitars on my Gibson Flying-V with EMG pickups, and getting cleans and crunchy tones from my original Gibson 1962 ES-125TCD with P90’s. That guitar sings!
Is there any chance of a reunion with Razing Alexandria?
I still make music with Matt and Charles all the time. Russell is now a survival trainer in the military, which still sounds ridiculous to say haha! He’s doing really well. I don’t know about a reunion. That band holds such a special place in our hearts, and I think we’re all very proud of what we did, and are fine with leaving it where it lies. Although we had a couple of smaller label offers here and there, we never signed and released all of our eps and album independently.
Whatever happened to your band The Places You Go?
Oh. That was myself, Matt and Charles, and my friend Mario. We did that whole album in about a month. Just for fun. Never played shows or anything.
Who are some of your personal musical and non-musical influences that motivate you?
I absolutely love Death Cab for Cutie. All of the guys in that band manage to bring so much life to their songs, and massive amounts of talent and musical intuition to boot. As far as non-musical, my parents have always pushed me to give my all to what I set my heart on, so I’d definitely say they are huge influences as well.
What is your favorite city or venue you guys like to play at?
Some of our favorites are: Chain Reaction in Anaheim, White Rabbit in San Antonio, Club Retro and The Boardwalk in Sacramento, and Eisenberg’s in Plano. But honestly, we love playing anywhere.
What message are you trying to send out with your music?
As cliché as it sounds, I just want kids who listen to our music to know that there are people out there, such as myself, who have felt and feel much like they do daily. I want people to feel more connected through our music, and see through it that you don’t have to feel alone.
What songs do you like to play the most live? Any covers?
No covers live, but some of my favorites to play are “Giants Among Common Men,” “Seasons,” and “The Mapmaker.” I love very driving and melodic songs, especially when the kids sing back.
Are there any other projects you want your fans to know about?
Nothing super serious, although I’m constantly making music. For now, my time and energy is focused on writing for the new Jamie’s Elsewhere album.
Any shout outs you want to give?
To our loving friends, family, and fans: Thank you for your continued love and support. Without you all, we couldn’t do any of this.
Any parting words of wisdom for your fans and people who haven’t listened to Jamie’s Elsewhere yet?
Hang tight! We’ll see you soon. -AP