Magazine article Guitar Player

Songcraft: Wheat

Magazine article Guitar Player

Songcraft: Wheat

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Although categorized with lo-fi bands such as Belle & Sebastian, the modest and melancholic sound of Chicago's Wheat is less a statement of indie elitism than the fact that frontperson Scott Levesque is a melody junkie. An open-minded approach to music also drove the sessions for Wheat's second album, Hope and Adams [Sugar Free], as Levesque sought a fully collaborative effort. "Composing with other people can improve your songwriting," says Levesque, "because it's not just you and your egofest." --KS

"I'm okay for a few weeks after I write a good song," says Levesque. "Then I get the panics and think I'm never going to be able to write again. But you just have to commit to something--good, bad, or indifferent. I have friends who are amazing songwriters, but they never put anything out because they're afraid it won't be good enough. That's like a person who doesn't want to date saying, `I don't want to be with anyone right now because I haven't found the perfect mate. …

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