SCRAMS, THE: Self-titled: 7”

The Scrams hail from Albuquerque, New Mexico and sound like they have a pretty good thing going: Keyboard-driven rock’n’roll that’s raw and unrefined, kinda like the first Cococoma and Okmoniks 7”s. The songs don’t develop much past their initial inspiration or idea, but there is promise and hope contained in these grooves. Take “Molasses.” The Scrams hearken back to the ‘60s, writing a song about a brand new dance, the Molasses. The lyrics are jokey and the tune doesn’t move much past the novelty of a dance based on being lazy in a climate known for extreme heat. But, the guitar riff clearly references the Sonics version of “Have Love Will Travel,” and the keyboards dance over the top of the melody without drowning it out completely. The band bio says they’ve only been playing together since 2009, so I’m betting their songwriting will improve vastly over the next few releases.

 –benke (Self-released)