The Chariot: An Interview with Josh Scogin on ‘One Wing’

“I opened the door and it was all white,” Josh Scogin recalls of throwing flour on Alesana during The Chariot’s 2008 tour with the band. “They went up to play and every time they’d headbang there would be this powder of flour [everywhere],” he laughs.

On a hot summer day in Pomona, Scogin says The Chariot have baked quite a delicacy with their new album One Wing. “It has a lot of twists, turns, and surprises,” he comments, calling the new record “a journey.” “We’re not necessarily constrained to guitars, feedback, drums – we just kind of do whatever we want to do.”

A DIY/punk rock attitude is seemingly the key ingredient to The Chariot’s success and momentum. Currently out on the Scream it Like You Mean it Tour, the band will support the August 28th release of One Wing on a soon-to-be announced North American trek with Every Time I Die and Letlive. Even with the recent departure of bassist Jon “Wolf” Kindler to “go back to school,” the frontman says The Chariot will continue crafting “tricks that [they’re] really proud of.”

As we reacquaint ourselves at a park bench to follow-up The Chariot’s 2011 interview on Ryan’s Rock Show, Scogin starts humming a tune.

“Of Monsters and Men?”

He smiles, “I can’t stop listening to that song.”

Front page & article photo by Dorothy Gilbert