Scenes From A Movie Place Their Finger On "The Pulse"

"I hung out with a couple of the guys from Cute Is What We Aim For," says Scenes From A Movie's Tony Bush. "They’re really fun guys and you hear a lot of bad things about them but they’re really nice guys. A couple of bands that – another band we met that are really fun are a band called Mayday Parade – they’re awesome guys."

- Corinne

posted August 7, 2007

Scenes From A Movie Place Their Finger On \

     Scenes From A Movie’s Tony Bush is just finishing up selling a few CDs to fans and rearranging the band’s merchandise table under the scorching hot sun at the Warped Tour’s stop in Camden, NJ, when I stop by for our interview.  The sun seems to be at the wrong angle and the band’s tent isn’t doing much to help keep things in the shade.  Plus add to that the fact that the band just finished up their 25 minute long set on the Ernie Ball Stage.  The sweat is practically pouring off Bush.

     Not willing to fight our way through the throngs of fans congesting the walkway between the Tweeter Center portion of the show and the parking lot, which is accommodating a majority of the tour’s stages, tents and vans, we settle on a bench in front a local train stop for New Jersey’s Park ‘N Ride.

     “It’s awesome.  It’s really tiring and hot but it’s a blast altogether,” Bush says of Warped Tour.  “We’re playing for a lot more kids than we would anywhere else and we have a lot more opportunity to go meet more people than we would anywhere else also -- as far as meeting fans and other bands, too.”

     Not bad for a new band that formed out of frustration when college wasn’t panning out the way they had expected.

     “Jon [Ewing, guitar] and I were in a band together in high school,” explains Bush.  “Naturally, we went to college.  About halfway through our freshman year of college, Jon called me and was like, ‘Dude, I want to be in a band again.  College sucks; this isn’t what I want to be doing.’”

     With their new band started and the fire lit, Bush played bass for the group while guitar player Luke Del Papa and drummer Jared Miller joined to round out the line up.  Ewing and Miller attended the same school and, in an unlikely turn of events, met on their last day of classes.

     “It’s a really small school, which is weird because they’d never met before then,” says Bush.  “But on the last day, I don’t know how the conversation started but it came around to Jared being like, ‘I’m a drummer.’  Jon was like, ‘Yeah? Well we’re looking for a drummer.’  Jared is the only guy we tried out for drummer the whole time.”

     A year and a half later, sick of playing bass, Bush became the band’s fulltime vocalist and Scenes From A Movie picked up Adam Triplett, after the demise of another local band, for bass.

     Writing their debut album “The Pulse” mostly on acoustic guitar before translating their songs over to electric, Bush insists is due to convenience, saying that it’s simply easier to “lug around an acoustic than plug in an electric somewhere.”  He adds that when it gets difficult converting the sound, the band works together well at filling in parts.

     But for the young band who only just released their debut a few weeks ago, joining Warped Tour was a big deal.  Established in 1995 by co-owner of Warcon Enterprises Kevin Lyman, the tour now in its 13th consecutive year has been known to showcase well known bands like Green Day, Rancid and Deftones while now defunct bands such as Sublime and L7 have also graced the festival’s stages.

     “It’s very intimidating.  The first day we were like, ‘Oh, man,’” Bush admits.  “We didn’t know what we were going to do, we didn’t know, like, how we were supposed to – when we showed up we were walking around: ‘We’re here but we don’t really know what to do.’  We got settled in pretty quick and after that it’s like the same thing everyday.”

     Part of getting situated on the tour for Scenes From A Movie and many of the other bands on the tour, is making new friends with the over 50 bands that are on Warped Tour at any given time.  This year’s line up includes groups like Bad Religion, New Found Glory and Tiger Army.  Scenes From A Movie played a festival last year with The Matches and the two bands have kept in contact.  Bush tries to check out The Matches’ performance each day on Warped Tour.

     “I hung out with a couple of the guys from Cute Is What We Aim For,” says Bush.  “They’re really fun guys and you hear a lot of bad things about them but they’re really nice guys.  A couple of bands that – another band we met that are really fun are a band called Mayday Parade – they’re awesome guys.”

     But Scenes From A Movie offer no sign of slowing down, hoping to spend the rest of the year and much of the next touring in support of “The Pulse.”

     “Hopefully we’ll be back on Warped Tour next year.  That’d be really nice,” adds Bush.