Scutches, The - Negatory double 7"
Something To Do Records
Eastern United States pop-punkers The Scutches may have been around for over fifteen years, but I can’t claim an introduction until their most recent EP, Negatory. After an initial listen it was obvious that the band was well travelled and loves their craft. Channeling a style in line with genre hallmarks like The Ergs and The Methadones, the band flaunts a level of snark not unlike that of Nerf Herder or The Riptides.
Opener “Worth Enough” opens the album by framing The Scutches as champions of the underdog. “Maybe if I was boring, if drove an SUV… I’d be worth enough to marry” shouts the band as they rattle off a list of perceived shortcomings. The band’s tongue in cheek delivery makes for a smirk worthy style that is as fun to listen to as it was likely to write. The track even features a seamless late-song shift in tempo that transforms the final fifty seconds from unassuming underdog, to total confidence. The band may be strict in their adherence to three chord pop-punk, but like the best of their peers, they find a way to make each song unique and catchy. “Let It Last” does so with a determined yet lighthearted lyrical delivery, while “One True Crutch” takes an increasingly buoyant approach. Meanwhile, others like “Down the Drain” flex a little guitar muscle with peppy solos and bridges. Album closer “Party Girl” really solidifies the Nerf Herder and Methadones references as the band keeps their nasally vocals steady while the guitars buckle down for a sequentially controlled and industrious tone.
And then it’s over. At a mere ten minutes, Negatory wraps up right as it reels you in. But even in its brief runtime, the album is undoubtedly a convincing sales pitch for The Scutches. The bottom line: Negatory is a fantastic slice of three chord pop-punk that fans of the genre need not ignore.