I first came across Melbourne's ScotDrakula by taking a chance on pressing play on a wordless Bandcamp Hunter post (which is usually a safe bet and I recommend you follow BH if you don't already). Everyday spent on the internet sees a lot of music cross ones path, but it is only every now and again when taking a chance on pressing play nets some serious tuneage. This was one of those times.
It didn't hurt that the first song was the awesome 'Ain't Scared' (which you may have already heard on the recent Bandcamp Radio mix I posted and/or my 100 Favourite Songs of 2012 mix). There is no point beating around the bush about that track, it is really damn good. But the thing that has kept this EP on constant rotation these past couple months has been the fact that the rest of the songs kick serious ass as well (my second favourite is the album closer 'Stupid Everything', but everything in between those two are excellent as well).
If you are a fan of dirty and raw punk n‘ roll —the stuff that sounds like it has just been freshly scraped off the floor of a garage— you'd be hard pressed to find a better album from 2012 then this one. Every line sounds like it might be the last one the lead singer ever shouts, his vocal chords left completely shredded from one too many cigarettes and far too much rocking out. That kind of voice is a rare treat and always a pleasure when you find it being used in songs as catchy as the ones on BURNER.
ScotDrakula's Facebook 'about us' perfectly paints the exact picture of this band that I had in my mind when I first listened:
The 7 tracks are over before you know it and if you're like me, you'll head right back to the start and give it another go. Just don't be surprised to find that —while BURNER was blasting in your headphones— you somehow managed to kick over all of the wastebaskets in your house.
Pop over to their Bandcamp page and grab a digital copy for yourself. And make sure you empty your bins before you start tipping them over (it's always best to responsibly prepare for your upcoming bout of irresponsibility).