Original Saliva Singer Josey Scott New Band Shade Violent

February 26, 2023

Original Saliva singer Josey Scott was recently a guest of That Fuzzing Rock Show and talked about his new band, Shade Violent, “It’s a collection of some friends of mine here where I live in Oklahoma. And my stepson Dylan is my rhythm guitar player. And we’re just in the process of writing the record right now. And we’re just now getting in the studio and starting to figure some things out. We’ve done a couple of shows, a couple of start-up shows… But, yeah, we’re just getting it together and sort of sussing things out.”

Scott talked about his approach to the new music, “My mission is to get back to that kid in Memphis. One of my favorite producers, Malcolm Springer, in Nashville, said, ‘Where’s that kid that used to run around with a green notebook full of lyrics under his arm and the backpack and the black blazer? Where’s that kid at?’ And that’s exactly where I’m trying to find my way back to that kid. I’m trying to find a way back to that first love, why I fell in love with music in the first place and why I think music is so beautiful and so moving.”

Scott continued: “I’m working with ScatteredBrains, a producer out of Nashville. And he told me, he said, ‘This is an opportunity for you to tell your story. That’s what this is about. At 50, when you’ve gone through your first arc of a musical career. You’ve done some wonderful things, and you’ve been through some horrible things.’ And he said, ‘It’s time for you to tell your story.’ And I think that’s… My mission is to get back to why I fell in love with music in the first place and to tell my story and to join those two hands together.”

As for when you should expect a Shade Violent album? “We’re just taking it fast and loose. We’re not really putting a time limit on it. I would like to get it out over the next three to six months. I’m definitely planning on dropping a single in the next three to four months, definitely. I just want to pay more attention to the music and make sure that everything is right and perfect this time, because it’s a privilege and an honor to kind of finally be in the driver’s seat and be the captain of my own soul and not have to answer to the whims of others. Which I’m badmouthing that in any kind of way. I just want a chance, like I said, to tell my story.”


As you know, Josey Scott left Saliva in 2011, after a 15 year-run with the group. He was replaced by Bobby Amaru, who can be heard on Saliva’s last four releases: “In It To Win It” (2013),”Rise Up” (2014),”Love, Lies & Therapy” (2016) and “10 Lives” (2018).

Do you think Josey will find success with his new band Shade Violent? I’m looking forward to hearing what he comes out with. 


Written by Todd Hancock