Plain ol' rock has died
Members of Nashville band Scatter the Ashes count themselves among the acts under prominent California punk label Epitaph --- launch pad for punkers The Offspring and Rancid, among others --- and they're a fine example of the label's efforts to broaden its stable.
The quartet's sound has roots in punk's aggressive aesthetic, but it also plays with metal's precision, space-rock's atmosphere and new-wave's dance-friendly rhythms.
On Devout/The Modern Hymn, the band's Epitaph debut, singer Daryl Stamps coasts confident, sing-song vocal lines in between the distorted guitar chugs. Stamps' throaty sustain sometimes smacks of Tool mouthpiece Maynard James Keenan.
The band will play a hometown show tonight at The Muse, alongside Illinois post-hardcore band The Kinison and New York ragged rockers The A.K.A.s.
By Nicole Keiper