From Canadian band’s archival recordings dating back to the late ‘70s.
By Blurt Staff
They were called the Scenics, and they got their start in Toronto in mid-’76, going on to become an extremely popular band on the Canadian Punk and New Wave scene. Formed by songwriters Ken Badger and Andy Meyers, the band had Horses, Television’s Little Johnny Jewel, and the first few Pere Ubu singles, but the idea of “Punk” was still to come. And they would indeed be compared favorably to Ubu and TV, along with Big Star and the Ramones. The Scenics would split up in 1982, however.
Then they got back together in 2008, and began releasing recordings old and new. Now their early recordings are being released in the USA for the first time as Light in the Attic releases In The Summer: Studio Recordings 1977/78 on June 17. BLURT is extremely proud to premiere a video from the band, a clip of them performing Badger’s “O Boy” in 1978. Check it out:
The live video footage is synced to the studio recording from October 1977. Says Scenics co-founder Meyers about his partner Badger: “If I had to pick one studio recording as quintessentially “Scenic” … I’d pick O Boy. On one hand it’s catchy, simple, rhythmically tight… you can pick up on what’s happening pretty quickly. On the other hand, it’s not exactly like anything you’ve heard before… there is something surprising about it. That mixture of being unexpectedly and idiosyncratically us while still loving understandable, catchy songs… that’s basically what the Scenics are about.”
But wait, there’s more: the Scenics will be doing a couple of mini tours this summer, thru the Toronto/ Cleveland/ Chicago and Detroit area in July, and thru the eastern seaboard and up into Montreal in September. It’s the vintage Scenic line-up of Ken and Andy joined by Mark Perkell on drums. They’ll be playing much of In The Summer this summer, incidentally – and wax fans, it is available on sweet black vinyl, too. As the band puts things, “It’s going to be catchy, compelling, and just a bit surprising.”
Scenics Tour Dates
July 6 Hamilton, On This Ain’t Hollywood
July 7 Toronto, On Rivoli
July 8 Buffalo NY Mohawk Place
July 9 Cleveland OH Beachland Tavern
July 10 Chicago IL Empty Bottle
July 11 Detroit MI UFO Factory
Coming in September- Philadelphia, NYC, Jersey, Boston, Montreal. Find out more about the band – as well as what a punk haiku is – at their official website.