There’s something of a trend in recent years where bands with hardcore roots are trying to “transcend” punk and become something bigger. But they don’t always know what that means and how to achieve it. The Scandals of ever-colorful Bayonne, New Jersey, have no problem articulating who they are or what they stand for. They’re a punk band.
Formed in 2004, Jared Hart, who leads on guitar and vocals, Sam Dokus on drums, Mike Benus on bass, and Cory Terriogo on guitar, rocked a special brand of high-energy shows for several years before releasing “To the Youth” on their own in 2009 followed by “The Sound of Your Stereo” in 2010. In that time they had the opportunity to play with punk stalwarts like the Bouncing Souls, The Casualties, Youth Brigade, The Flatliners, The Street Dogs, The Briggs, Agent Orange, U.S. Bombs, DRI, and the legendary HR of Bad Brains. They embarked on a national tour in 2011, highlighted by a raucous performance at the Punk Rock Bowling Festival in Las Vegas.
In 2012, they hit the studio with longtime hero, Bouncing Souls bassist, Pete Steinkopf coming out on the other end with the “Trenchknife” EP, mastered by Stephen Egerton of The Descendants. Including some Jersey-style nostalgia, it’s a well-planned attack complete with all the background “ooohs” and “aaahs,” of a solid punk offering.
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