Q&A with Scott Reitherman

Scott Reitherman has had considerable success with his band Throw Me the Statue. He released two albums of sticky lo-fi indie pop on Secretly Canadian and crafted the catchy single-cum-jingle “Lolita,” which found its way into numerous national commercial campaigns. When Reitherman announced that he was moving from Seattle to Los Angeles two years ago, it was fair to speculate that he was reaching for the brass ring of music fame. But it wasn’t that: The California native just wanted a little sun. Now packed with vitamin D and a raft of new songs, Reitherman and his girlfriend have returned. We checked in to see what he’s bringing back. 

Did you move to LA for creative reasons?
Yeah, everything I do is at least a little bit about the creative. I wanted to go to places to get something new, but it wasn’t like there was something there waiting. I thought I would be there longer.

What did you find in LA?
We moved to the heart of hip LA, Echo Park, and we were going to shows and meeting people and soaking it up.

Did you like what you found?
I don’t completely connect with the flavor down there right now. A lot of it is surfy garage rock, which I have a soft spot for, but it’s not quite my scene.

Did that exposure change the Throw Me the Statue sound?
I didn’t get converted, but it was nice to absorb some of that. Also, the sunshine changes your brain a little bit.

Any particular people who influenced you?
I recorded some songs with Dan Horn who is an Echo Park musician with a studio in his house. And we got a guy from Ariel Pink’s band to come over and play drums, so there was some collaboration going on.

You’re a bit of an autonomous fella, though, right?
Yes. The last record was more of a band effort than the first one was, but I was still writing most of the music and directing traffic. This next record is more of a solo thing again.

Why did you move back?
The music has always been from Seattle; it was born here. It’s still where the band project is from, so it felt good to come back to what’s familiar. And this is still where I can do business the best. There’s a healthy network of people to work with, there are great studios and there’s a super supportive music industry structure here. It’s a real healthy place to spring from.

Photo by Tae Rhee.