2000s emo has been having a big revival for a minute now. Admitst all the many acts that only get what was happening on a surface level, SeeYouSpaceCowboy has always been ahead of the pack.
Since forming in 2016, their sound has traveled many different genres from sasscore to screamo and metalcore, and their latest single feels like another step forward.
Their new single, “Chewing the Scenery” invokes a lot of what made that period of time feel so essential, yet it brings a lot of new elements to the forefront sorely missed from that time. Vocalist Connie Sgarbossa’s screams sound more pro than ever, able to weave between heavy bursts and sass vocals with ease. Musically they invoke the likes of Saosin with the added upgrade of more breakdowns and mosh parts.
Clean vocals have evolved significantly as well, showing the band knows how to write a damned good hook before slamming down another mosh part.
“This is one of the first songs we wrote when we locked ourselves in a cabin in the Poconos to figure out what we wanted to do with the sound of SYSC moving forward,” explains vocalist Connie Sgarbossa. “Somehow me saying I wanted a Waltz part in a song turned into this expansion of the chaotic post-hardcore sound we had done on The Romance Of Affliction but with sprinkles of new ‘brighter’ elements we wanted to sprinkle into the new songs that we were making.
“This track served as a proof of concept for the beginning of playing around with whatever we wanted to and showed us that we can push without the confines of genre and style and still create something that sounded cohesive.
“Lyrically this song reflects the melodrama and conflict of relationships but recontextualized as a theatrical play you are putting on for the world,” Connie adds. “It deals with the debate about whether love can be just bliss and happiness, or if you have to acknowledge and accept the pain and frustration that can and most likely will accompany it, as well as dealing with that realization.”
Check out the song below.