Transcribed by Stacy Lynes
DD= Dave Duncan (host of New England Product), B=Brendan, N=Nate, K=Keith,
“The Proof Is Altogether Too Late” is played as segue to band interview.
DD: FNX New England Product, they are willing, ready and able. That was Scamper, from
the CD “Leave Your Glasses On”, I almost want to call it “PUT Your Glasses On”
, but it’s “LEAVE Your Glasses On”. That song was called “The Proof Is
Altogether Too Late”. Before that The Irreverends, got a new 4 track EP, you heard the
song “Ghettos On Fire”. They’re playing December 8 at the Great Scott with The
Collisions and The Kieran Ridge Band. Static of the Gods, first song in that set,
“Supergenius” off their EP, “Nature of the Wave”. Check them out at
StaticoftheGods.com. December 18 at Middle East will be their next show. I’m joined in the
studio now by the four members of Scamper.
B: That last song was really good, that, who was that?
DD: Uh, I think that was OK Go.
B: Aww no.
B: Why do you guys play anything BUT Scamper?! That was GREAT!
DD: We’ve applied for the call letter change W-S-K-M or something like that.
DD: But anyway, thanks for coming up.
B: It’s our pleasure.
N: Thank YOU, Dave.
K: Thank you, Dave.
DD: I meant to have you guys up before – you actually played a show for us a few weeks ago.
I MEANT to have you up before that, so this is kinda like reverse promotion.
B: It’s okay because Scamper has a time machine. That’s one thing you don’t know about us.
DD: FNX has one too! It’s a DeLorian.
DD: I took it back to 2004 the other day—
B: Ours is actually a TimeDrink™.
B: That you make with a blender.
DD: And you can get all the ingredients in the FNX vending machine.
DD: But to clarify, you guys did play a show with Ok Go and what? Juliette Lewis?
N: That is correct.
DD: How did that go?
N: It was phenomenal.
B: Yeah, we were hoping Juliette was like super weird and crazy – but she was just actually
really cool. So it was almost kinda disappointing.
N: She was KINDA weird and crazy.
B: She was a little – but no more weird than any other girl you meet in a band.
N: Yeah, right.
DD: Do you guys have any other shows coming up?
K: In a couple weeks, December 2, we’re playing at Brandeis University.
B: Lock up your daughters, Brandeis!
DD: Nice try. What is your website so people can – are their MP3’s or anything people can
check out online?
K: Yeah, definitely. You can get three tracks from our last album at Scamper.net.
B: Or Myspace.com/Scamper
DD: You guys on Myspace?
B: Oh yeah
N: Oh, heck yeah. It’s all the rage.
DD: Everybody’s on Myspace. I don’t have New England Product on Myspace, I should.
N: Why don’t we get on that?
B: We can help you. We can be your first Myspace friend.
DD: Yeah, well I’ll start trading pics with girls and from there it’ll go! But say those three
tracks from your website aren’t enough. Maybe people want to hear a full album’s worth of
Scamperific rock and roll.
B: I think that’s too much rock and roll for them though. I don’t know if they can handle it.
DD: They listen to FNX; they’re use to the rock and roll.
B: I know, but Scamper has a lot of rock and roll per square inch.
DD: They’re used to it in heavy doses
B: It’s dense rock.
N: (laughing) You’re dense rock.
DD: I do have a couple copies of your CD if anybody wants to call and receive one, as the
three stooges of the microphones over there –
B: My headphones just fell off.
N: Aren’t there four of us over here?
B: Well, Mike doesn’t count, he’s the drummer.
N: Yeah, Mike’s not talking.
M: Yeah, I don’t talk.
DD: We’ve got a couple copies of the CD, (781)595-WFNX, that’s (781)595-9369, if you wanna
pick one up. Coming up after the break, we’ll have another track from Scamper featuring Kay
Hanley, formerly of Letters to Cleo.
B: World premiere.
DD: That’s a brand new track.
B: World premiere, right here.
DD: And if you want yourself a Scamper CD, gimme a call now, (781)595-WFNX. We will be
back with new music from Piebald after the break.
(FNX plays a few songs)
Dave talks about Piebald and Ryan Lee & the Mindless
DD: I’m joined once again in the studio. Welcome back guys.
B: Thank you, the pleasure is all yours.
DD: By the four members of Scamper.
DD: How long have you guys been a band?
N: Keith and I have been playing together for like 11 years or something now?
N: Scamper’s been a band for about 4 ½ and Brendan’s about a year old here in our
B: Goo Goo.
DD: You guys go to high school together or is this something that –
N: Keith and I did.
DD: What was the first Nirvana song that you guys learned?
N: That’s funny, that’s why we started our band. I think it was “Teen Spirit”
K: No, that’s the first one we PERFORMED but we played “Territorial Pissings” first.
DD: Yeah, I learned “Come As You Are”, cause that was like the easiest song to play in the
N: I knew that intro. It’s the only part I ever learned.
DD: I just remember in high school, hanging out with eleven kids that have guitars, and
nobody would have a drummer or bass.
N: Yeah, we actually didn’t have a bassist for the first year and a half of being in that band.
B: You kinda still don’t have a bassist.
K/M/N: That’s true, that’s true.
DD: Hey, Duran Duran don’t have one and they do fine.
N: Yeah, they’re doing okay.
DD: So you’ve got this new track right now with Kay Hanley.
N: It’s true.
DD: formerly of Letters to Cleo. How did you come to work with her? How do you know her?
DD: Who dated her?
B: We saved her from a fire, a burning fire. Scamper, we’re like Voltron, where the four of us
join together and become this giant robot, and sometimes when things are on fire,
we come by.
N: But only when things are on fire, mind you.
B: Only when things are on fire, we’re Fire Fighting Voltron™ in other words. And we’re
missing one cat cause they had FIVE cats in Voltron and there’s just four of us
and—you want me to stretch? Want me to keep going?
K: No, but the story that we tell people is—
B: WE tell them the Voltron story, but then, we, if they don’t walk away we tell them this
K: Nate and I were big fans of Letters to Cleo when they were playing in the nineties, and when
we both moved to Boston we took it upon ourselves to meet her and she’s played some shows
with us along the way.
N: SHE played shows with US, you see.
N: We didn’t play shows with her.
N: She got on OUR bill.
DD: So she opened up for you guys?
N: Oh, sure, yeah, numerous times.
B: Well, she owed us her life.
(short pause with quiet laughter)
DD: Speaking of opening up for you guys, didn’t The Click Five open for you guys once?
N: Oh, they sure did.
DD: How did that work out?
N: It was… awesome, I suppose?
K: Kinda ridiculous actually.
DD: Were there like screaming girls everywhere?
N: Oh no. They decided they had to “slum it around town” for a month of gigs, because they
needed to “pay their dues” as it were.
B: It’s because when you’re famous—when you have a whole lot of money and you’re pretty,
you don’t have to pay your dues, and then someone came along and told them that.
N: Their management decided they needed to go through that experience, so.
DD: I actually saw The Click Five earlier today, they were doing the half time show at the MLS
N: Right, right, yeah, that was offered to us; we passed.
B: Were they adorable?
DD: And I remember thinking, hey, I’ve got Scamper on the radio tonight, didn’t Scamper open
N: No, they opened for us.
B: They owe us, they owe us so much.
B: They call us every day just to thank us.
K: I saw them at Target once.
K: It’s true.
B: Good story, Keith.
DD: So what are you guys gonna do with this Kay Hanley track? Is this gonna be on your next
record? Are you going to release this on part of a compilation or something?
N: We’re just playing it this one time only and you’re never gonna hear it again.
K: This is it.
B: It goes back to the factory after the show.
DD: So you’re just going to Voltron together and destroy it.
B: Voltron doesn’t destroy.
B: The Scamper Voltron™ only saves from fires.
DD: Well, Voltron must have a sharp claw that he can use to deface the front of the CD.
DD: So this is the first ever playing of this song?
B: Yes! Buckle up – this is going to be the greatest moment in American radio history.
DD: This moment will reinvent radio. This is “Barcelona”, the new track from Scamper
with Kay Hanley, formerly of Letters to Cleo. It’s New England Product, WFNX.
“Barcelona” feat. Kay Hanley makes its world premiere
(Dave plays more songs, talks about them, and gives away some concert
DD: Well guys, time to morph back into a giant robot and skedaddle away.
B: If there’s any fires on the way home, let us know.
DD: Oh, definitely. I came across a quite mean car accident last week on the way home – I
could’ve used you guys
B: We don’t do that, just fires.
DD: But thanks again for coming by – thanks for letting me have the chance to play your new
track with Kay Hanley first.
N: You got it.
K: No, thank you.
DD: FNX, we always play the new stuff first anyway.