Darkest Side of Town
For the members of Losing Caufield, the summer of 2008 is a time of change. It's a time to try and shed any preconceptions NEPA music fans may have about the band while also remaining true to themselves and their values and ideals. More than anything, however, it's simply a time to rock. The Scranton-based band is putting the finishing touches on it's second CD, titled "The Darkest Side of Town," and guitarist Stefan Ogonosky says fans will soon get a feel for some of the fresh musical styles the group is bringing to it's songs. "We don't really consider ourselves emo or pop/punk anymore," says Ogonosky. "We were like that at one point. Back in high school, that was the cool and hip thing, but now we've grown and matured and we're listening to all different kinds of music. People ask us all the time, 'What do you guys sound like?' and it's really hard for any of us to describe it. We put so many influences into our work it's hard to put a label on it. We basically tell them it's alternative rock." Ogonosky now likens the band's music to The Killers, but "without all the synths," similar to the jangly, epic-style writing found on the group's "Sam's Town" album, which he feels offers a touch of U2 and even Bruce Springsteen. Such an eclectic mix of influences can also be found on Losing Caufield, whose members collectively cite The Talking Heads, The Avett Brothers, Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Woody Guthrie, Brian Wilson, and Say Anything as favorites. "We come from different areas of music, but we kind of get each other interested in what we're listening to and we turn each other onto different things," says Ogonosky. "It's an outside-of-the-box type of deal, and we basically just try to mesh together all of our influences into the songwriting process." Losing Caufield's name is derived from J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in The Rye." The band was formed about three and a half years ago, and it's current lineup also features Patrick McGlynn on lead vocals and guitars, new member Kevin Stone on bass and Nick Ogonosky on drums. Tracks on the forthcoming album include "When We Get Old," "I've Never Been Afraid To Die" and the title track, all of which can be heard on the group's MySpace page. The CD - which in addition to traditional rock instruments, features banjos, organs, acoustic guitars and a female backing singer on one track - was recorded late last year at Sound Investments in Scranton. Ogonosky says most of the lyrics to Losing Caufield's songs are penned by McGlynn. And though he says the singer likes to keep a sense of ambiguity around the meaning of most of the songs, he does have a clear answer when asked if there is a prevailing tone, theme or vibe which epitomizes what Losing Caufield is all about. "Change," he says, adding that the band has always made an effort to make sure every song it writes is different from the previous one. He adds that a sense of taking pride in one's individuality also anchors most of the music. "A lot of the lyrics have to do with growing up and maturing, and realizing that sometimes you don't fit in, and people can ridicule you for that," he says. "There's definitely a statement of standing strong and sticking with what you believe in. If you listen to the new CD, it almost has a storyline to it - about growing up, realizing that you don't fit in, being OK with that, overcoming that, and just basically saying - forgive the language - 'I don't give a F***...I am who I am.'"