Give it up for Skaters, ya’ll. These three guys (based out of NYC) are Little Joy’s back-up band, and they opened for The Strokes (as The Dead Trees – there are a few former members in the band), so you know they MUST have something infectiously catchy up their sleeves. Enter their single, “Schemers.”
“Schemers” is taken from their debut Schemers EP which is available for free to download on their website. The song starts off with a rigid and dirty build-up, but the complimenting upbeat tempo make it obvious that something real good is about to happen. Then enters the gritty and reverberated guitars, pleasantly lax vocals and an overall unavoidable and simply classic garage pop anthem. The bridge is a nice drawn out, hypnotic teaser of what else these guys are capable of.
Skaters know just how to encapsulate that classic lo-fi garage pop sound that many can only hope to achieve. Sure, it’s a simple set up, but it’s the writing process and arrangement that makes music a cut above the rest or just lost in the mix. Skaters is obviously the former.
If you’re looking for a new upbeat and sporadic gritty garage pop sound, go on and get their free Schemers EP, though I have a feeling that these guys aren’t limited to only that genre. Keep an eye and ear out for their EP review soon!