SCENICS, THE: In the Summer: CD/LP

This is a collection of songs by the Toronto band, The Scenics, recorded in 1977 and ‘78. This was the kind of new wave/punk sound coming out of New York City at the same time but it appears it made its way to Toronto. These twelve songs haven’t been released until now, and are an eclectic mix of what could be described as Canada’s version of Talking Heads meets Television. The vocals are very reminiscent of David Byrne. I mean, like, really reminiscent. The music is kind of quirky but simple—it’s as though Talking Heads had a little more aggressive sound. If you have exhausted your collection of 1970s punk music, here’s something new (so to speak) that would fit the bill. –Kurt Morris (Dream Tower, dreamtowerrecords.com)