Scale Model is an indie rock/pop band based in Nashville, TN. They combine interweaving guitars and synthesizers with catchy vocal melodies and a danceable rhythm section to create a sound that transcends the staples of pop.
After relocating to Nashville from Chicago in 2009, singer/keyboardist Megan Rox and guitarist Dave Johnson solidified the current band lineup in 2011. They released a self-titled EP in August of 2012, and began working on their debut full-length album Star in 2013. It was tracked with Jeremy Ferguson at Battletapes (Turbo Fruits, Tristen, Forget Cassettes) and Brian Carter at Paradox Productions (Glossary, The Nobility, The Features), and mixed by Matt Mahaffey (Self, Beck, The Sounds, Pink). The band released the Deluxe Edition of Star, with select remixes, on September 30th, 2014.
"Scale Model have undoubtedly found a middle ground between tight, heavy sounding drums, bass, and guitar, and the transient yet forward-propelling synth that makes the whole cluster of tracks on their recently released Star album transcend the normative staples of the over-saturated pop genre. What feels right (or at least absolutely right now) about Scale Model is the perfect balance throughout Star; every element in its place and in service of a set of sinuous, hook-laden, elegantly crafted pop songs."
Amadeus Magazine, 2014
"From the reverb-slathered, Edge-esque guitar riff of album opener “El Cheapo” to the hearty, resounding synth line of closer “Impression,” locals Scale Model’s debut LP Star is rife with sonic references to the biggest, sleekest synth-pop and post-punk acts of the ’80s. Star’s standout...is likely its unapologetically glossy production, created with a cast of all-stars including Jeremy Ferguson and Bully frontwoman Alicia Bognanno (who oversaw tracking at Battle Tapes) and Self’s Matt Mahaffey (who mixed the record). The songs themselves are fun, optimistic and endearingly nerdy..."
D. Patrick Rodgers, Nashville Scene, 2014
Photo by Matthew L. Hankins
"A catchy fusion of danceable electro-rock and synth progressions, Scale Model commands control of the dreamy pop space set into motion by late 70’s Cure-esque post-punk and mid-80’s new-wave, and continued by bands like Beach House and Metric. With compelling, optimistic rhythms, the album is confidently crafted, featuring an assured mastery of ambient sound. Singer Megan Rox boasts a snowy, refined voice that could harken back equally to a soft, folky tune in a 1960’s Cambridge cafe as it could to a slew of synth-pop European discotheques."
Lockeland Springsteen, 2014
"If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing Scale Model yet, let us be the first to tell you: you’re in for a treat. The Nashville four-piece plays an infectious blend of synth melodies and danceable drum beats, and tops it all off with some of the best female vocals Music City has to offer."
No Country for New Nashville, 2014