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’70s-era Toronto art punks The Scenics releasing early studio recordings, touring (NYC-area shows this week)


Toronto’s The Scenics were an art-punk/new wave band who formed in 1976, drawing a lot of influence from what was going on in New York at the time (Talking Heads, Ramones, Lou Reed, Television), and released one single and an album before calling it quits in 1981. Largely unheard at the time, the band have become Canadian cult heroes and reformed in 2008 and released new LP Dead Man Walks Down Bayview in 2012. They’re about to release In The Summer, which collects their studio recording from 1977-78 and finds them at their urgent best. You can stream that in full below and it’s out physically in November via Dreamtower/Light in the Attic.

The Scenics are currently on a East Coast tour that will bring them to NYC for the first time in eons. They’ll play Cake Shop on Wednesday, September 28 with Vamanos, and Cray Bags, and then NJ’s WFMU Monty Hall on Thursday, September 29 with Coy Kids and DentistTickets for both shows are on sale. They play Beacon, NY’s Quinn’s tonight (9/27).

Scenics singer Andy Meyers has some West Coast solo dates coming up as well. All are listed below.

Sep 27 Quinn’s Beacon
Sep 28 Cake Shop NYC
Sep 29 Monty Hall Jersey
Sep 30 Pa’s Lounge Boston
Oct 1 Bistro De Paris Montreal
Oct 6 UFO Factory Detroit
Oct 7 Coles Chicago
Oct 8 TBA Cleveland

Oct 13 The LoFi Seattle
Oct 14 The Boreal Eugene
Oct 15 Johnny B’s Medford
Oct 16 Fremont Theater Portland

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