Deleted Scenes, a four-piece art-rock band from DC, released its first self-titled EP in 2007, twelve years after meeting in grade school. In 2009, the band released their debut full-length, Birdseed Shirt, which was recorded mostly in group houses across the east coast over the course of a year. Birdseed Shirt not only won the approval of local publications, Washington Post raving, "If Deleted Scenes isn't the best rock band in Washington, it's certainly on the very short list," but also solidified their national acclaim, Pitchfork awarding the album with an 8.0 review, calling it "ferocious, brave, and a well-balanced demonstration of both thoughtful existentialism and strange, drowsy downers." Comprised of Daniel Scheuerman (guitar, vocals), Matt Dowling (bass, keyboards), Dominic Campanaro (guitar, keyboards, samples), and Brian Hospital (drums), Deleted Scenes latest effort Young People's Church of the Air now pushes the band's formidable rhythm section further, exploring the possibility of hope.
Grabbing rhythmic feels from 80's pop, R&B, surf rock, dark funk, and Go-Go, Young People's Church of the Air reveals Deleted Scenes discovering a unique ground between pop and experimental impulses. Drummer Brian Hospital introduces the double-kick pedal to art rock with thoughtful drum arrangements.
The lyrics find Daniel Scheuerman taking risks to explore themes of family, love, death, and joy in a self-devouring poetic style. The album's production is fuzzy and warped, inspired by the cassette warble of Southeast Asian psych-pop and the detuned stew of Elliott Smith's final album, From a Basement on the Hill.
Their newest collection of songs originated in frontman Daniel Scheuerman's basement taking on a live identity over the course of 300 tour dates. Recorded at the Garden Center in Hockessin, DE, with Nick Krill (The Spinto Band) and Birdseed Shirt producer L. Skell the title was fittingly taken from a 1930's radio-church hymnal Scheuerman found in an old piano bench at the Garden Center, and evokes the elusive nature of hope. Deleted Scenes have shared the stage with Cursive, Wild Nothing, Abe Vigoda, Black Kids, The Antlers, Medications, and Matt and Kim among others, and have performed at SXSW, CMJ, and Pop Montreal.