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Take A Bath CDEP - The Scruffs

Label:Antfarm Records
Released:1997
Tracks:Stan and Rocky
Black and White
Out Of Reach
High Rotation
Slumber
Downward Slope


Rating: 2.5/5

By all reports the Scruffs are a pretty unorganised and disorderly band and this comes across in their music. Initially I wasnít all that impressed with their debut EP Take A Bath but after a couple of spins, the bands rough style of power pop soon enveiled a likeable charm. Lead singer Ryan Ellsmore has a nasal twang to his voice that is perfectly suited to this style of music and on their cover of the DBís classic, Black & White, he sounds remarkably like Chris Stamey. Another highlight is the surprisingly acoustic song Slumber. Although the basic production and live feel doesnít really aid the bandís sound, it does add a manic quality. As it stands, Take A Bath is good effort but I canít see myself listening to it on a regular basis.

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