Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Zona by Young Scum

Biff Bang Pow! scratched the legend "Jim Beattie you're my guitar hero" in the run-off groove to The Girl Who Runs The Beat Hotel. If Zona was out on vinyl instead of tape, you expect Young Scum might repeat that trick.

If You Say That is a fusillade of guitars like Primal Scream's It Happens, all Byrdsian melodic intent, the power of REM's Reckoning and instant gratification. 

Younger minds will surely hear on this 5-song tape  Allo Darlin's constant melody and mayhem or The Lucksmiths' Warmer Corners or Dream Boys' sun-soaked psychedelia.

Older minds might recall The Rainyard or Another Sunny Day or Razorcuts. Whatever way you look at it, Young Scum combine pop perfection with serious volume. These songs are dynamic, noisy and irresistible. No doubt we'll be hearing a lot more about them soon.


  1. This is great!
    (How you doing Ben? Not posted on here for a while but always check in at least weekly - Rich)

    1. I know! Getting by - you were right about Personal Best, btw. I went back again (and again) then, the clincher, I saw them live and everything fell into place. Let me know when you're next in London and we'll have a beer.

    2. That's good to hear - you got the latest P BEST (not the first BEATLES drummer! ;)) 7" with the TIGER TRAP cover on? Definitely on for that beer!

    3. Ooh, I didn't know about the 7". I've got Arnos Vale. I'll buy the single now. Cheers!

  2. There is also a 12" that came out before the LP too