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Saint Tragedy Interview with Jason Scuffham

Saint Tragedy

Interview with Jason Scuffham

By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio


Band Members

Wayne Wiginton (Vocals)

Matt Brudniewicz (Guitar)

Eric Serbedzija (Bass)

Jason Scuffham (Drums)


Best classified as a modern day hard rock band with a bit of an old school sound thrown into the mix, Saint Tragedy has caught the ear of Pavement Entertainment and hopefully many more with their January release of Prolonging the Agony.  Thank you to Jason for taking the time to chat with me about signing with Pavement, the latest album and tour plans.                                   



BRR:   First of all, what is the music  scene like in your area of Kenosha, Wisconsin?


JS:  Kenosha is right between the Chicago and Milwaukee area, so our music scene is pretty diverse. There is a lot of blues, a bunch of jazz, a lot of rock, and a bunch of folk here.


BRR:  That’s interesting because it’s hard for me to picture the music scene when I think of Wisconsin.  It sounds like Nashville, minus the country music.


JS:  You wouldn’t expect it, but there is a lot of different stuff going on right here.


BRR:  Can you briefly give me a history of how Saint Tragedy came to be in 2008?


JS:  I don’t know all the history behind it.  I’ve been with the band about 4 ½ - 5 years now.  I know Wayne started it in about 2008 with different lineups and he’s done most of the writing, so it just evolved into what we have now.  


BRR:  The band has opened for many national acts since your inception.  Who are some of them?


JS:  We’ve opened up for Romantic Rebel, Smile Empty Soul, and we’ll be opening up for Bobaflex here in June.  This is going to be my first time seeing Bobaflex.  We’ll be opening for Eve to Adam here soon too.


BRR:  You signed with Pavement Entertainment in January of 2017.  How did that come about and how are they treating you?


JS:  I can definitely say it’s a blessing to be on their label.  We actually put in for the local radio station here for what they call the Four Twenty at the end of the day and on Wednesdays they do the Homegrown Four Twenty for local bands.  It just so happened that we got picked for that and Tim from Pavement heard us while he was leaving the office and out of the blue he got in touch with us and said, “I heard you guys on the radio and we want to work with you.”  That’s how that came to be.


BRR:  You guys must have been ecstatic.


JS:  Well, yeah, that would be an understatement.  It was quite a surprise.


BRR:  Your newest EP, Prolonging The Agony was released on January 26th.  Can you give me a little insight into the album title?



JS:  Prolonging The Agony is the best suited title that we came up with. We had come up with a couple different things but it kind of was the best for the whole message of the album itself, the different trials that we go through, falling down, picking up.  Don’t prolong this agony.  Try to get it over with.  Some people stay down and try to find excuses.  Like with the song “No More Religion,” it talks about not having people push their beliefs on you, being able to make up your own mind, going in the right direction and instead of prolonging everything, just get it done.


BRR:  I was going to ask you about that song, because although it’s very hard to chose, I think that is one my favorite songs on the EP.  I also love and relate to, “Move On.”  Can you tell me a little more about that song?


JS:  When we wrote that it was kind of just the end of a relationship thing, ready to move on with life and don’t look back.  Basically what it says is, “If they’re not ready for the relationship, then it’s time to go.  I have to make my own way.”


BRR:  Like you said, that goes back to not prolonging the agony and moving on.  Saint Tragedy seems to draw fans of all ages.  Why do you think draws the different age groups to your music?


JS:  I would probably have to say that we have such a large area covered in the genres as far as the timeline of our music.  I grew up on 50s, 60s, and 70s music.  When I was younger my parents were listening to The Beach Boys, The Who, The Doors, and Elvis Presley, so I grew up with a lot of that influence.  Obviously when I started getting into the teenage rebellious years, you could say, I started listening to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Megadeth, G&R, Ozzy Osbourne type of stuff.  Eric was kind of in the same boat I was in.  Than you have Wayne and Matt, who are more 90s into the 2000s, so we cover a lot of years with our musical influences, so I think a lot of people can relate to the different styles.


BRR:  I think that’s way I liked it so much.  I’m a huge rock person anyway,  but you guys kind of cover it all.  Why do you think potential fans should give Prolonging The Agony a listen?


JS:  There is so much to it, if not for the love of music, to find something different, everyone will with this, at least in my interpretation, go through it on their own.  Going back to “No More Religion,” beliefs can be political, religious, or are frozen peas better than fresh peas kind of thing.  It’s one of those things where there are so many messages and people can say, “Hey, I can relate to that” and hopefully just be able to make the world better without somebody else having to point you there.


BRR:  Are there any tour plans in the near future?


JS:  We are starting to branch out in the area a little bit, mainly midwestern.  We’re trying to branch out even further towards the end of the year.


BRR:  What else does the future hold for Saint Tragedy?


JS:  We each kind of all have our own little fantasy goals, you can say, but collectively we definitely want to be playing everywhere and anywhere we can, just getting out to all the fans wherever.  One of my goals is, I’d like to bring back one of the Monsters of Rock tours, if I could. That to me would just be awesome.  We have a lot of long term goals, obviously keep doing music, putting out records, and just involving the fans.


BRR:  I think you guys definitely have something that a lot of people will catch onto because the music is really good and Pavement will get you out there.


JS:  Thank you.  Like I said, it’s been a blessing working with them.  They have gotten us out there on all the digital distributions, putting us out to radio stations, getting us interviews like yours and just getting us out there to where we’ve never been able to reach before.  Hopefully we can keep it rolling.


BRR:  That’s a great start! Any shoutouts you’d like to make?


JS:  First off, I’d like to thank all the fans for listening.  Message us if you’d like to get a physical CD right now.  We’re working on being able to purchase physical the CDs online.  Definitely shoutouts to Pavement Entertainment and Boston Rock Radio.  Thank you for having us.


BRR:  I look forward to getting the word out to our readers and listeners.




© Boston Rock Radio 2018

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