After a little bit of a break from releasing new music, metalcore band Scarlett O’Hara is back and better than ever. They released their second album Welcome Back to the Brodeo last August and are soon to go on tour promoting their new album. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Logan Burns (Guitar, Vocals, High screams, Keys/Strings) about their new album, some of the band’s history, what they’re working on now and, of course, the Brodeo.
Formed in 2008 in McAllen, TX, Scarlett O’Hara did not follow the plug and play metalcore template but, pioneered a signature style known as South Texas Metalcore. Just seeing their name, referencing Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind, lets you know that they stuck to their southern roots. “It was back in the day when there were bands that were kind of doing that female icon kind of name you know, there was Norma Jean,” Burns said about why they chose it. Their South Texas Metalcore sound blends together traditional metalcore with a little bit of a southern edge. “I want to say as we left the traditional metalcore and everything. We have those elements and everything that you find in a lot of other bands that are in this genre but, we kind of add a more southern kind of twang grooviness to it,” Burns said when describing Scarlett O’Hara‘s unique sound.
Scarlett O’Hara blends sounds from older metal bands like Pantera with some of the older hardcore elements. They were also influenced by other traditional metal bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden. Besides traditional metal bands, they are also influenced by many modern bands too. “Chiodos back from, you know, 2005. They were a huge influence on us when we were developing our sound. Underoath, of course, all those early bands that kind of were around before this genre kind of had its name,” Burns said about some of their more modern influences.
Scarlett O’Hara took a break after the release of their first album Lost in Existence but came back in 2015. “It wasn’t until maybe, you know, 2015 that we actually started working on trying to get everything back to going to touring level,” Burns said. Throughout their career, they have toured with bands like Bring Me The Horizon, The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, Underoath, ATTILA, Motionless In White and many more.
After being back for a few years, they released Welcome Back to the Brodeo on August 10, 2018. When asked about what influenced the album, Burns said “We were just trying to pick up where we left off with Lost in Existence. We’d like to think of this album, Welcome Back to the Brodeo, it was a direct continuation of Lost in Existence. So when we were writing the album, we kept revisiting the first album that we did along with the EP and we just really wanted to go back to how we initially sounded.” Many of the songs on Welcome Back to the Brodeo reference songs from Lost in Existence.
The metalcore artist that are around now are not trying to do what Scarlett O’Hara wanted to go with this album so they did not listen to much of the current metalcore for influences. Burns said that he and Alek Samodouroff, the other guitarist, “primarily do everything in regards to the structuring, songwriting and lyrics.” Later, they bring in drummer, Arnie Bernal to add the drum patterns and percussion aspects.
Burns said that his favorite track from Welcome Back to the Brodeo changes a lot but, for right now, he said, “Definitely I want to say it has to be a “Step Right Up”, going into “Welcome Back to the Brodeo” because we kind of consider those one track. It’s our intro into the first one. So if I had to say, it would be that one, but a close second would probably be “Dude, You’re Still Being That Guy”.
The eighth song on the album, “Tristeza”, is an instrumental piece that Burns wrote. “Initially it was just going to be that little intro in ‘Step Right Up’ but we thought it would be cool as we kind of developed it into a whole song,” Burns said. They all speak Spanish and decided to give it a Spanish name to pay tribute to the area they are from.
Scarlett O’Hara is starting a tour with Across The White Water Tower with them from April 18 – May 2 and Revision Revised with them from May 3 – May 11. If you live in the Midwest or the eastern side of the US, they may be in a city near you. “We got all the stage props, all the light stuff going on, so it’s definitely going to be a fun night. We want to show what’s the Brodeo is all about and what, how Texas metalcore is so come on out and just check it out. It’s going to be crazy.” Burns said when describing the tour.
Scarlett O’Hara is working on new music now but more than that, they are trying to establish a full summer and fall touring schedule. They are looking at dates to play on the west coast and Canada so make sure to check them out if you are in that part of the world.
By now you may be wondering what a ‘brodeo’ is. Burns described the ‘brodeo’ as “The names for our kind of fan base and the people that are into us and that had been going to our shows and how that has been supporting us throughout all the years. It’s a fun kind of crazy rowdy atmosphere inside. And we like having that. We like everybody interacting with us on the stage coming up, jumping off a yelling stuff with us.” “We want the whole place alive and on fire and you know, full energy, circle pit, the whole deal,” Burns said.
So there you have it. Get out to a show and join the ‘brodeo’! You can find more information and tickets to their upcoming tour and more on their site. I’m planning on going to the show on May 1 in Brooklyn, NY so leave a comment if you will be there and we can meet up!