The St. Louis, Missouri punk infused rock band Sorry, Scout has been hammering out songs for the last few years. Its members are singer and local activist Randi Whitaker, guitarist Nate Jones, bassist David Anson and drummer Zack Schultz. In the true style of punk the bands lyrics, written by Whitaker who is a queer black trans man, deal with the difficulties that people who are not cookie cutter images of what has long been thought to be what a person should be, deal with on a daily basis. Needless to say these lyrics help to lend that much more power to the powerful hard rocking sound that the band creates sonically.
Their debut three-song EP Never Asked for It, is brimming with lyrics that deal with the aforementioned day-to-day experiences and also act as a rallying cry for people to listen to and to understand the harsh realities that people who may appear different on the surface face. It’s a serious issue in society and politics today and one that will hopefully be resolved by a continuous fight that will end in a victory to give a sense of peace to everyone and allow for our society to become truly equal.
The EP opens with the powerful pop punk of “Never Asked for It” which is a five-minute fight song the chorus of which kind of says it all as Whitaker snarls, “Just let me be / No, I won't let this come to a head / I never asked for it /I never asked for it.” Musically the song is as catchy and rocking as it is lyrically powerful. Listening to it made me want to thrash and dance around and pump my fist. The guitar riff cuts through the song and the thumping bass and drums all come at you hard and powerfully. It’s a hell of an opening song.
Next comes the equally powerful and catchy tune “Simona” a hard edged rock song with harmonized vocals that just add more beautiful fuel to the fieriness of the music. It cuts and punches as it rolls along.
The final song, “Great Modern Homes” slows down the pace slightly but is no less a powerful song that has a bit of a country blues rock appeal to it. And the chorus, “Great modern homes we'll never own” is a powerful message of the duplicity of what it is like to live on the fringes of an old city that is in flux but also rooted in a past that cannot be forgotten.
Never Asked for It is a double whammy of an EP in that it is full of well crafted rock tunes and also delivers a powerful message about society today. I hope to hear more from this band in the future.
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