A Refreshing Change For Punk, In A Not So Folk World

​I recently checked out The Scutches latest album, Glasshouse, released in 2016 on Tranquilo Records. The Long Island lads have done it again! I am reviewing the full length album on Google Play and not the EP on Bandcamp. This album is actually kind of hard to describe. It’s a strange, beautiful combination of rock and rhyme. Track 2- That’s What You Get, throws you into some strange 1960’s surf punk movie before you realize you’re even in it. It’s catchy, American Bandstand here we come. Track 3- Berlin they go a bit darker and show some strong heartfelt soul reflection.

 

Their sound is hard to throw into just any musical genre. One might say punk, while another might say folk rock. I personally hear influences from The Beach Boys, The Ramones, and maybe even older They Might Be Giants. Yet on the other end of the spectrum, there is definitely some Dead Milkmen or Violent Femmes. The toe tapping nature of the album puts a smile on your face even though sometimes the lyrics make your brain think, “Wait this is kind of sad, stop tapping your foot”.

My favorite tune from the album is by far, “Smile and Pretend”. A song about being done in a relationship and walking away. I’m not sure why this song hasn’t been played on the majors yet. It’s definitely a hit waiting to happen. So do yourself a favor and pick up The Scutches album Glasshouse today! Be sure to follow them here, https://www.facebook.com/thescutches/   . Their new EP is here, https://thescutches.bandcamp.com/album/glass-house and a full length album on most online music retailers.