SCENICS, THE: In the Summer – Studio Recordings 1977-78: LP

Sep 22, 2016

Two sessions recorded during the titular period by a now-obscure Toronto outfit. Heavy influences being pulled from the Modern Lovers and Velvet Underground (“Do the Wait” is essentially a lyrical/structural rewrite of the Velvets’ “I’m Waiting for the Man”), plus some pushing out towards rock’s then-fringes. Love when stuff like this makes the rounds, not just because the tunes are so damned good, but also because it serves as a reminder of a time when “punk” meant more than one single moribund sound that everyone apes and pledges allegiance to, aiming for cred but ultimately missing the whole point. –Jimmy Alvarado (Dream Tower,