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The Scaries

The Scaries: Wishing One Last TimeWishing One Last Time (2000)
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The Scaries developed in the same Chapel Hill music scene as Superchunk, albeit a few years later. However, while Superchunk is a preeminent indie rock band, The Scaries roots are firmly in pop-punk. While that is a dirty word to many, they are head and shoulders above their peers. For th.
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The Scaries developed in the same Chapel Hill music scene as Superchunk, albeit a few years later. However, while Superchunk is a preeminent indie rock band, The Scaries roots are firmly in pop-punk. While that is a dirty word to many, they are head and shoulders above their peers.

For the most part, The Scaries are musically similar to most punk bands, complete with palm muted rhythm guitars, simple bass lines, and heavy bass drum. However, the lead guitarist (Bill) is easily one of the best in punk today. Sounding straight from a metal album (in a good way), he adds a lot to almost every track, differentiating the band from the countless generic Blink-182's of the world. Also, Mike Scary (great name) excels as a vocalist and lyricist, as well as being a hell of a nice guy. Without a trace of nasally slurring or a fake British accents, he simply belts out songs with melody and emotion. The songs themselves either vie away from the standards of youthful angst and puppy or at least handle them in a fairly mature manner. Lyrics like "you laid against the door/ kept your distance/ why is everything so hard when there's nothing going wrong?" ring with emotion and truth.

Starting with the stellar "800 Miles," Wishing One Last Time blasts through eleven songs in under a half hour. While it can be slightly repetitive at times, it is a fun blast of punk that will have you nodding your head and singing along within a few spins. Other standout tracks include "Hate the Summer" and "Pushing Me Away," with the only possible misses being the final two tracks; the pop-punk/ emo requisite acoustic track and the electric version of the same song. This CD may not change anyone's life, but it is a fun, catchy half hour romp I recommend to anyone who enjoys melodic punk and would like to help a great underground band start making enough money to quit working at Kinkos.

 

 
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Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

Great up and comming band. We all love these guys here in Atlanta! If your into pop/emo punk and want somthng a bit more mature please check these guys out.

Anonymous (October 14, 2003)

New Alli With An I CD (I Learned It By Watching You) is amazing, to answer your question. The songs maybe aren't as great lyrically as Long Story Short, but the music, vocals and production are all a big step up. Law of Inertia Records hooked their fool asses up with some primo studio time.

Anonymous (October 13, 2003)

I love the Scaries.

Anonymous (October 13, 2003)

Not so good, really. If you saw their record release show last Summer, they got eaten alive by D4.

Anonymous (October 13, 2003)

FUCKING amazing band.

Anonymous (October 13, 2003)

somewhat scaries related question: has anyone heard the new alli with an i record? thoughts?

-scotty

Anonymous (October 13, 2003)

Oh yeah, and Zack here must know the guys in the band, too: Mike Scary was working at Kinkos on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill last I heard. If you're ever in town, drop in and say hello to him.

Anonymous (October 13, 2003)

OK: Great band, I too am from NC and my old band played shows with these guys. Great guys, great rock music, and Bill Scary (lead guitarist) is in the band cause 1.) He IS funny live, 2.) He's an absolutely sick guitarist, and 3.) Did I mention the insane guitar riffs? Souvenir is their best work so far, but this album rocks hard too. As Bill would say, GET TO WORK!

REALPUNX4LIFE (October 11, 2003)

I saw these guys last night. HUGE thumbs down. That lead guitarist needs to do a couple things: 1) be more funny, 2) be less retarded, 3) join a band that doesn't blow. He better be getting major laid in order to stick around in this band.

Anonymous (October 11, 2003)

I dont have this album but I do have sovenier, which is great. Awesome band from sweet home North Carolina.

Anonymous (October 11, 2003)

"The songs themselves either vie away from the standards of youthful angst and puppy or at least handle them in a fairly mature manner."
I meant "puppy love" as I am sure many of you figured out; sorry for the editting mistake.

Anonymous (October 11, 2003)

I love these guys more than almost any band that is talked about on this site...being from NC i am of course biased. These guys have so much passion it is impossible to pass up one of their live shows. Not neccesarily musically, but dedication-wise I compare these guys to the Descendents...of course they are pop-punk but this is GOOD pop-punk, not your average MTV2 band...

Anonymous (October 10, 2003)

The Scaries are great. Souvenir, their latest album, was in my top ten best records of last year.

-scotty

boldredletters (October 10, 2003)

a ton of fun live. the bassist was in Sorry About Dresden.

Anonymous (October 10, 2003)

worst band name EVER

Anonymous (October 10, 2003)

what a good band. very underrated.

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