Artist: Scattered Trees
Hails From: Chicago, IL
1: The one bottle of liquor that is on your rider at all times:
We’ve always got a bottle of whiskey on the rider — Dickel #12. We’ve been known to down a communal bottle pre-show while watching Good Will Hunting and shedding a few tears.
2. The cocktail or spirit that best describes your personality:
I think the best answer here is Jack and Coke. Hard and true but goes down sweet. American goodness. That or Makers Mark with a splash of ginger ale. A smoother whiskey with a little bit sweetness.
3. Favorite bar you discovered on tour:
The dives start blending together after a few states, but we definitely played a meaningful show or two for good crowds at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. Lots of red light and old friends.
4. Most tragic or triumphant inebriated moment on stage. Spill it!
One time Nate drank a bit too much right before we went on stage. Once everyone was in position to start the performance he looked over at Jason and said, “It’s possible that I don’t remember the words to any of our songs.” Then he laughed really loud and went on to sing the entire set without a mistake. Triumph or luck? You decide.
I was playing a show and had 1/3 of a fifth of jack daniels to myself right before we went on stage. I played through the entire set but don’t remember being there for half of our set. Apparently I sang great but played my guitar terribly. I thought I lost a gray hoodie that night but instead woke up the next day with it on as well as 3 t-shirts. Most people usually have less clothes on after drunken nights like that. I’m assuming I was cold?
5. Raw eggs in cocktails: Gross or Glorious?
Definitely glorious — our bassist is a Bloody Mary master. Also there’s no such thing as too many vegetables in a delicious red concoction.
6. Best late night grub hub after a night of drinking:
We’ll hit up wherever the local grease joint is. Also, Scattered trees never turns down good Mexican food, even for breakfast. Picante on Damen and Division in Chicago is a good choice when you’re in our town.
7. Your band’s drinking toast of choice (think “cheers” not “bread”):
“It’s all happening.” from the movie Almost Famous. It sums up our excitement about what’s happening at that moment. As a band we try to earn and appreciate all the little rewards along the way to the big ones.
8. Finish this sentence: Last time I took home a bar man or maid…
They passed out on their couch in a camel stretch position so I left.
9. Your favorite hometown watering hole:
We love to play a show and have a drink at Schubas in Chicago. Nice and moody, woody, warm. And the waitresses are cute.
10. The song on your newest album best enjoyed with a boozy buzz:
“Four Days Straight”
Listen & Download: Scattered Trees - Four Days Straight
Rocktail: The Sympathy Flip
Heartfelt, mournful, sympathetic and therapeutic – this is Scattered Trees’ debut album Sympathy in a nutshell. The delicate and sentimental material, inspired by the loss of lead singer Nate Eiesland’s father, inspires the listener to connect with sorrow in one’s own life, or to feel empathy for a person entrenched in such difficult times. To balance out the uneasiness inherent in this beautiful body of work, we prescribe a digestion-aiding cocktail that leaves one feeling evermore comforted with each successive sip – enter the The Sympathy Flip. This drink is similar to the New York Flip except Cognac is substituted for Bourbon. Camus VSOP Elegance fits the bill nicely with its rich harmony of sweet fruity notes and a light touch of oak and vanilla. A mixture of Tawny Port, cream, egg yolk, and a pinch of nutmeg give this concoction a full-bodied creaminess yet maintains its balance and drinkability. The band’s tour starts July 22nd – go see them in your town and then mix up some ‘sympathy’ to reflect! …that is unless the venue bartender has fresh eggs on hand.
- 1 oz Camus VSOP Elegance Cognac
- 3/4 oz Tawny Port
- 3/4 oz Cream
- 1/4 oz Simple Syrup
- 1 Egg Yolk
- Freshly grated Nutmeg to garnish
Glass: Cocktail or Cordial
- Combines all ingredients and dry shake (without ice) for 10 seconds. Then add ice and shake again for 10-15 seconds.
- Strain into serving glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
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