Frontman Scott Schmaljohn talks new music, old feelings
Art borne of adversity can forge strong connections between artist and audience, and anyone who has lost a loved one may definitely feel something click on March 9 at Neurolux, when local band The Hand celebrates the release of its new album, which touches on an issue frontman Scott Schmaljohn has been dealing with for a long time.
“The name of the album is Dad, “ Schmaljohn said. “The title song is about my dad and my brother. It’s about their struggles and the frustration of trying to save [my brother].”
Schmaljohn’s brother Pat was a well-known local musician who committed suicide in 1999. His death deeply affected their father.
“I think it made my dad sicker faster,” Schmaljohn said. Though the grief of losing his brother and what it did to his father never goes away, writing and playing has always given Schmaljohn a way to channel his feelings—then and now. Schmaljohn said after going through a divorce, the music “just started coming,” and in about seven months, he had the foundation of Dad. Getting the album done actually inspired him to do more.
“I was like, ‘Man, I have to get writing again. That’s the thing … time goes by so fast.”
Don’t let this show go by. The Hand record release party, with Guardians of Virginity and Nude Oil, is on Saturday, March 9 at Neurolux. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $8 in advance (via Ticketweb or The Record Exchange), $10 at the door. The Hand is also doing a live in-studio performance on Friday, March 8 on RadioBoise. For more information, GO! to facebook.com/TheHandRock.