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

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, dreamtowerrecords.com)