Scars Like These
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genre: Punk, rock, metal
Full Length: Piss Poor Attitude
Format: Digital album
Label: Circa 68 Records
Release date: July 4, 2020
Who’s ready for some Punk? I know I am!
-Piss Poor Attitude by Scars Like These
So this is the second album by the Philly band and features a twelve track set list.
Let me start off by saying this, as a major fan of the classic Punk Era this album left me smiling ear to ear because as only one other band I’ve reviewed in the past few months has done this record signified the return of the REAL Punk Era! And I couldn’t be happier!
Amongst the 12 tracks you have some of the most brutal, outrageous and larger than life Aggression ever put on record. You can hear the personality dripping from each line, each hit of the drum, each strum of the guitar they make it clear that they are here to wear their heart and influences on their sleeve and it’s visible from 100 miles away!
The production on this one is so grimy, distorted and ruthless that it reminds of the band ‘Black Flag’ epically their first three records with the feeling of hopelessness, anger and resentment coming in full circle with every track, but the amazing thing about the classic era of Punk is that although the vibe and overall aesthetic of the tracks were this extreme in nature and emotional the tracks themselves were catchy!
(I could be wrong) but to my memory no music had ever been both hyper violent aggressive and catchy at the same time prior to Punk! You caught yourself singing out loud to the most outlandish and insane lyrics because of how memorable the choruses and lines are!
Quick detour here but I had an embarrassing punk moment myself a few years back when I was listening to the latest (at the time) Wednesday 13 album ‘Calling All Corpses’ and I was at the grocery store and I was singing out loud to myself the chorus ‘I wanna be Cremated, I wanna be cremated’ I had the whole aisle looking at me and It didn’t click until I realized I was saying it out loud (smile).
But back to the album, as I said it’s brutal in its sound and delivery but like every great Punk band it remains catchy and memorable!
The vocalist as well was phenomenal! You could hear in voice the rebellious nature, the attitude and the grit it all feels as real as can be and the way he utilized those nasty vocals are insane! He sounded truly demented at times and all the real Punk heads know the more screwed up the singer sounds the better the band is and by that theory they could rival Black Flag no problem!
You looking for an album to punch a wall to? Wrestle a tiger? Challenge Mike Tyson to a boxing fight? You may not succeed in any of these things but this album will give you the energy and conviction to believe that you will! It’s the perfect album to just let yourself go on and if your one for the more ‘heavier’ strains of music then this will be perfect for you! –Corban Skipwith
Tommy Scars: Lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Psyko Mike: Lead guitar
Vic DeVille: Bass
Dave Debauchery: Drums
2. Step 13 Sobriety
3. Play For Blood
4. Scars Like These
5. PC America
6. Fence Walker
7. Oh Nicole!
8. Born To Lose
9. Self Righteous
10. Sex Drugs and Rock N' Roll
11. Philly Rise
12. Piss Poor Attitude
This review can also be read at Corban Skipwith's Facebook group Relentless Reviews with Corbz. -DW