Effigies aside, there seems to be a trend within the UK ‘hardcore’ scene at the moment, involving the use of collective nouns as band names. Almost through ignorance and assumption, the listener believes he/she can guarantee the musical direction of the majority of these bands before even considering pressing play at the top of their iTunes window. Sadly for Scouts, they’ve joined the ranks of bands fitting the above description.
The instrumental intro to their new free EP ‘Honour’, entitled… well, ‘Intro’, is laced with almost blues-like notes that incites intrigue as to where the remainder of this five song EP will lead. ‘2003’ hits immediately after, with clanging bass notes that sets the listener up for the following traits of this typical hardcore that we’ve all become familiar with over the past few months.
Although listed as such, the listener struggles to see aspects of ‘punk’ within the music, the aggression that the majority would associate with punk seems to be absent throughout the course of this EP. Their songwriting abilities cannot be faulted though, and the majority of the tracks throughout ‘Honour’ are well constructed and performed, although the quality of the recording and the clean singing is questionable.
To be fair to this band, the majority of the choruses are laced with catchy hooks that would be at comfortably home at a typically ‘hardcore’ show environment. Although it’s hard to distinguish between songs, especially when the last two tracks ‘Panned Shots’ and ‘Factions’ start with almost – if not – exactly the same chord. Pedantic, yes, but unfortunately the fact remains.
It would be unfair to go completely balls-out and slate this band as Scouts‘ ‘Honour’ runs in circles within a genre that is beginning to become the next cool thing. With one ear already to the ground, it seems that this band is currently in the process of writing a follow-up to this EP, and it will be interesting to see how the band progresses with that.
Written by Luke Davis