Scanner is at it again with their latest release In Your Head. The band hasn’t deviated from their roots which is punk inspired rock n’ roll that doesn't need an update. In Your Head as the band explains “takes listeners on a rock n’ roll journey through old-time monster movies, dark recesses of the mind, vintage hot rod drag racing and the eerie glow of late night black and white TV.”
The band starts to rock out with “Frankenstein’s Flivver” which is a solid dose of what the band does best. It’s a song you could imagine being played opening up for Alice Cooper. It’s a bit more fun and frivolous than scary just like the band KISS.
“Never Go Back” brings the good as well. The song is catchy but that lead guitar tone is undeniably pure ’70s rock. I thought the song was actually quite motivational. It got me amped to “get on with it.”
If you are going to name a song “Switchblades and Leathers” it better be badass. Luckily, the song is and might be about an underground fight club for skeletons and ghosts. The rock n’ roll continues to spin out of control with “Big Daddy Dragster Rock and Roll” and the somewhat psychedelic absurdity of “TV Light.”
The thing I love about Scanner is the way they play rock and the time they are doing it in. I was having a conversation the other day about how guitar bands are almost completely absent from popular music. If you look at the charts it's almost all hip-hop. My point being the chance of a band like Scanner finding themselves on the charts with Travis Scott and Drake is basically non-existent.
That fact alone is all the more reason to appreciate what they are doing. They are making this music because it electrifies their soul when they play it. And once you start to embrace the distorted crunch of the guitar, the sing-along type melodies, the hyperbolic vocal inflection and theatrics it may electrify your soul as well.
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