The Skoogie Boys

Devil Knows Your Name

Written by: PP on 20/12/2010 01:57:42

The Skoogie Boys is a brand new punk rock outfit from metropolitan Finland. They've recently released their debut release called "Devil Knows Your Name", a five track EP, which is why I'm going to keep this nice and short. Despite what the title suggests alongside the attitude and overall sound of the track carrying the EP's name, The Skoogie Boys do not, in fact, play horror punk. Instead, their brand of punk rock is one derived from rock'n'roll and alternative rock for the most part, sounding rather different from their typical American peers. For instance, if I mention they have heavy focus on woo-hoo-type vocals in their music, you'd instantly think skatepunk like Pennywise, but this is not the case here.

The first track reminds me a bit of Misfits, in a more modern version of course. Next track is hardcore punk, fierce and to-the-point, whereas the third song "Turn Tables Around" carries a strangely 70s pop/rock vibe to it. Think bands like The Kinks et cetera. There's some garage flavor here too, which helps make the track sound old school in a way. One track also follows similar guitar melodies as Dropkick Murphys, giving that particular one a slight folk punk vibe, but not enough to draw a full comparison or parallel.

So what I'm saying is that their sound is all over the place, especially for a punk band. These sort of acts are meant to have figured out early on exactly how (or who) they want to sound like, so having a diverse mix of genres packed onto this EP isn't a particularly good thing if you ask me. The title track is fairly good, the rest are just decent, too anonymous to make a stronger impression. That's also why it's difficult to come up with proper comparisons for these guys, at least for the time being.


Download: Devil Knows Your Name
For the fans of: Misfits, The Kinks, Dropkick Murphys
Listen: Myspace

Release date 29.06.2010
Lapila Records

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