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Sunset on a Daydream

by The Scheme

pure powerpop: sweet harmonies meet loud guitars ... w/ touches mod/Britpop, garage, post-punk : CD by David Thompson of The Pills (Boston's amphetamine pop rockers)
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Sidewalk Soundtrack
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2. The Sun Also Sets
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3. Day One
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4. Two Keys
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5. All At Once
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6. Better Off
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7. Effigy
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8. A Year and an Inch
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9. Daydreams Aren't Happening
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10. Gone
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11. Last Night in Boston (Made)
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12. I Don't Want To Say Goodbye
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Boston: 2004: After releasing three albums of "amphetamine pop" with mod/garage combo THE PILLS, guitarist & co-singer/songwriter David Thompson finds himself with a stockpile of songs that are not quite hyper enough for that group. He yearns to make a “solo album” as a "side project", but detesting these terms and preferring "ROCK BAND!", he starts THE SCHEME.

And a rock band it was, with brothers Jay & Paul Natale (Den Mothers, Astroslut) on bass & drums and Dave Aaronoff (Details, Pills, Bosstones) playing the more complicated keyboard parts and the more kick-ass guitar solos. With Eric Donahue (Ad Frank & the Fast Easy Women, Quick Fix) taking over bass duties on half of the songs, this lineup recorded the 12-song CD, "SUNSET ON A DAYDREAM."

The album was produced by the fantastic Ducky Carlisle (NRBQ, Flashcubes, Bleu, Damone, Jim’s Big Ego, et al) at his Room 9 From Outer Space studio. Thompson felt that he was branching out with his more experimental songs, but Ducky set him straight, saying "Hey! This is POWERPOP! I love this shit!" And the album is indeed anchored by pure Beatlesque pop, with little detours into 60's-style garage rock ("The Sun Also Sets"), pop-punk ("Gone") – even nylon-string bossa-nova ("Year & an Inch") and your standard hypnotic, minor-key drum-loops 'n' clarinets number ("Effigy")

Beyond the power-pop “B” troika of Beatles, Badfinger & Big Star, Thompson found inspiration from the sophisticated pop of Elvis Costello, XTC & The Beach Boys, classic punk like The Clash and The Buzzcocks, the modern art-rock of Beck & Flaming Lips, and the energy of current British bands like Kaiser Chiefs & Arctic Monkeys plus the best bands that The Pills had shared stages with: Supergrass, The Libetines, Sloan & The Figgs.

Seattle: 2006: Thompson moves to Seattle, Washington & puts out the call to form The Scheme: West Coast. When bassist/singer Gary Miller shows up with a “Figgs” sticker on his bass guitar case, Thompson immediately says, “You’re in!” Luckily, Miller not only shares Thompson’s enthusiasm for that amazing NY/Boston band but turns out to be a great player and singer with a sense of humor, web design skills and a garage to rehearse in. If he owned a van, he would be the world’s perfect bandmate. After an exhaustive (& exhausting) search for drummers, the pair lucked upon Chris Campbell, recently of the garage-rockin’ Zero Points. After a few rehearsals, they learn that he can not only bash the hell out of the drums but can sing while doing so - and soaring 3-part harmonies from the “SUNSET” CD are being added to the energetic live sound.

The search for a lead guitarist continues (know anybody?) but somehow the band has received airplay on KEXP, favorable mention from ThreeImaginaryGirls.com and played a show (as a trio) at the Crocodile – 3 milestones of the Seattle rock scene. With the addition a fourth member, world domination seems inevitable.


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The Noise

Pet Sounds Two ?!?
THE SCHEME
Sodapop Records
Sunset On A Daydream
12 songs

Paisley shirts, little toy men made from apples and gumdrops and toothpicks, dreamy harmonies, crystal clear production, soaring vocals, harpsichords and Mellotron synthesizers; what's all this got to do with me, you ask? Nothing at all, unless you want to hear the best Beach Boys album that Brian Wilson didn't have anything to do with. Sunset On A Daydream could almost pass for Pet Sounds II, but because head Schemer David Thompson (ex-The Pills) concocted this brew of delectable pop in Boston and not in a sandbox, the songs are about sidewalks and front door keys and nightclubs in Cambridge's Central Square. Like Wilson, Thompson does get a bit self-indulgent in places, but the sheer beauty of most of the songs on this record are enough for me to forgive him his excesses. And the basic power pop elements are all here, as well: ringing guitars, catchy melodies, break-up songs. If you're looking for something a little different, something with class and a touch of sophistication, then check out The Scheme's Sunset On A Daydream. (Brian Mosher)