|The Scandals - 'Trenchknife' (Baldy Longhair Records)|
|Written by Dom Daley|
|Thursday, 02 August 2012 05:00|
Released on limited edition gold cassette from those crazy mofos on the East Coast, The Scandals are the latest Baldy band to hit my hi-fi and, without hesitation, I cracked open the box and slipped the tape in the death deck: worry not kids if at this point you haven't got a clue what I'm on about or you've never seen a cassette. Have no fear because Baldy Longhair Records aren't total dinosaurs and they include a digital download code in the box for you people who don't own a cassette deck.
The Scandals' four track tape kicks off with the vibrant punk rock of 'Jersey Sweep' which has a Buzzcocks guitar lick in the intro before heading down some Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards territory and, in fairness, it's a good tune and mixes up the styles well with the chorus sounding like it's lived a life on a Sorry & the Sinatras record which is never a bad thing. All good influences and certainly put to good use. 'Allnighter' is more of the same with a cool melody and backing vocals. The Scandals sound vibrant and on this brief evidence they know how to pen a tune or two, or in this case four. Will be keeping an eye out for these Jersey boys and what they do next.
Take a chance on something new and check out The Scandals, the real deal from the Jersey Shores and by the sounds of it there is nothing fake or dumb about these boys. Just a heart full of punk rock anthems and plenty of grit and hard work to deliver them. Cheers.