There are two things that make Mike Scully stand out in a crowd. First comes his incredible music. His harmonic textures and rhythmic off-beating constantly combine to create a much needed breath of fresh air in this bubblegum pop world. I didn’t realize how tired I was of the same old songs (and production) until I listened to Scully’s raw elegance, and found his song, “Fight Another Day”, so beautiful in its ‘imperfect’ difference.
Second, his lyrics are extremely beautiful and very well crafted. This is not easy pop with lyrics that don’t mean anything important (or are already familiar because they say the exact same thing as every other pop band). Scully tackles hard subjects such as heartbreak, depression, loneliness and redemption, and can balance it out with a song about personal change from something ugly into something beautiful.
So it comes to this: though it’s not quite polished, and can sometimes be a bit inscrutable, Mike Scully’s music is profound nonetheless. But perhaps the best thing about “Fight Another Day” is that we get to see Scully very clearly demonstrating the true range and depth of his talent, without all the frills and production fuss.
Mike Scully’s songs require the listener to truly immerse himself into the music; special attention needs to be paid to all the quiet subtleties, or else much of the beauty and uniqueness can be lost. The beauty of his writing is that he is able to sing about his experiences without either glorifying them or falling into too much self-pity.
Scully requires a desire on the listener’s part to let the music bloom in all its glory; “Fight Another Day” blossoms on the first listen. The intimacy of the music and dead honesty of the lyrics make it seem as though you could reach out and touch Mike Scully while he is singing.
Mike Scully learned from an early age that music is not only a means of momentary escape from reality, but also an amazing connective art. He realized that when he sang a song or played guitar, people would smile, laugh, cry, sing along and just be in the moment with him. Scully says that recently he began using music not as an escape, but as a coping mechanism.
As a result his music has taken an interesting turn from crazy made up stories into raw, vulnerable communication. “I have had such an overwhelming response that I have decided to make this a career,” says Mike Scully. “Music is the only thing I feel this amount of passion for. And I am so grateful to have the ability to share it with you all!”