Long Island, NY’s
The Scutches is a pop punk tour de force.
Drawing influence from the likes of The Queers and The Methadones, The
Scutches’ latest album Ten Songs, Ten
Years is easily as good as anything the former has released and near the
epic level of the latter’s tremendous catalog.
The songs themselves are traditional pop punk fare—catchy, hook-drive,
and mostly about girls—but the record never sounds trite or forced. What really makes Ten Songs, Ten Years work is the hints of early rock ‘n’ roll in
the music. The Ramones were essentially
The Beach Boys on speed; unfortunately many pop punk bands don’t look any
farther back then Joey and company. That
doesn’t seem to be the case with The Scutches.
One can easily hear whiffs of Buddy Holly, The Beach Boys, and Jan &
Dean in Ten Songs, Ten Years right
beside The Riverdales and Blink 182.