The Gorgeous Boyscouts are a rock band based out of San Diego, CA. They are a three-piece band comprised of Nick Schwarz (vocals/guitar), Brandon Albu (drums) and Mike Lomangino (bass/guitar). The band released a complete DIY album entitled um (cough) We Blow. I guess they are going for the self- deprecating angle.
The album showcases a band with potential that also hasn’t quite figured out their angle. They attempt different styles with varying degrees of success. Up first is “Trampolines” which is a pretty straightforward song revolving around a couple of jangly guitar chords, a bass that basically follows along with the root notes and a steady drum beat. Perhaps these guys are talking about the popular activity amongst young adults called binge drinking when they sing “I’m the one for a good time call No Respect, I’m blowin up 1,2,3 Drink 4,5,6.”
Up next is “Hey Zeus” which has a straightforward punk vibe revolving around a couple of power chords. The next two songs don’t need much explanation. The songs are composed around a couple of major and minor chords and that's really about it.
The band showcases their most creative talent with the track “Often Times.” It doesn't sound remotely related to anything else that came before. I thought the synths sounded good and the vocals were the most memorable. I’m not sure where this track came from but I hope it’s one they base some more of their other music on.
The Gorgeous Boyscouts isn't the most innovative band to come out this year. Some of the songs are pretty basic and not that engaging. My advice to them is to find a way to spruce up some of the guitar based songs with something. There were a couple of solid melodies in there and I thought “Often Times” was the clear highlight.
The Gorgeous Boyscouts have some potential. For right now they seem to be a case of wait and see.
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