The Fort Worth-Based Punk Band Ushers Us Into Summer With A Totally Unhinged And Effortlessly Cool Single Off Its New EP.
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Mean Motor Scooter – “Put Me Down Like A Dog”
RIYL: Screaming into the void.
What Else You Should Know: We got our first taste of Mr. Sophistication back in September when we premiered the release of “Aristobrat,” the opening EP’s opening track. While “Aristobrat” was notably brighter than the band’s previous releases, “Put Me Down Like A Dog” is a return to form — and it’s awesome.
Still riding the wave of the TV Baby EP’s release from just over a year ago, Mean Motor Scooter’s latest EP was released by Dreamy Life Records in early May. Due to coronavirus concerns, the release show took place online via Main At South Side’s Social Distancing Concert Series.
Once again mixed and mastered by bassist Joe Tacke, the five-song EP operates well within Mean Motor Scooter’s signature blend of surf, garage and punk rock — as the closer, “Put Me Down Like A Dog,” perhaps best encapsulates this.
The track first appeared on Mean Motor Scooter’s 2015 self-titled EP, but has been reborn with more speed, more surf and an electronic organ courtesy of keyboardist Rebekah Elizabeth. Don’t get too lost in the idea of beachy guitar riffs and ’60s keyboard sounds, though. While drummer Jeffrey Friedman keeps it moving at a mile a minute, Sammy Kidd’s vocals maintain grounded, dark lyrics like “All the people that I’ll never meet/All the people that I’ll never cheat/They can’t save me now.”
“Put Me Down Like A Dog” is destined for lengthy summer playlists, bridging the gap between bands like The Mourning Reign and Death Lens. If you’re in the mood for something a little demented and a lot of fun, throw this one in the queue.
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