In the ever-expanding universe of Biff Swenson's musical endeavors, Scumming emerges as the latest constellation, a love letter to the Midwest emo scene of yesteryears. Teaming up with Rudy Meier, they channel the spirit of fourth-wave emo giants Algernon Cadwallader and Snowing in a three-song EP that's a nostalgic nod to that magical era between 2005 and 2010.
Clocking in at a concise 4:20, this twinkle-daddy noodle-punk worship is a sonic journey through the Midwest emo landscape, paying homage to its titans while carving a space for Scumming's distinctive voice. It's a musical snapshot that captures the essence of a bygone era, a reminiscent voyage with a modern twist.
The dynamic duo of Biff (Yawn Mower, Dana Why, Grasser) and Rudy (Tide Bends, Wetbrain, Bristler), along with their Yawn Mower comrades, is on an ambitious streak, unleashing a barrage of releases in a year and a half. The Scumming EP is just the opening act, paving the way for a slew of projects, including Mike Chick's third solo record, sophomore albums from Grasser, Dana Why, and Yawn Mower, and not forgetting the two EPs from Bristler.
The lyrics, a poetic expedition through urban landscapes and counterculture shenanigans, add another layer to the Scumming experience. From the caffeinated chaos of "Espresso Tonic Clouds" to the introspective musings of "70 Whatever and Still," and the irreverent swagger of "Double Denim Chic," each song paints a vivid picture of life on the fringes.
In a world where the collective output of Scumming and its musical kin seems relentless, there's no sign of the creative well running dry. With Scumming leading the charge, their musical journey continues to unfold, promising more sonic adventures for those who crave the raw, unfiltered spirit of Midwest emo as seen through the eyes of these Asbury Park, NJ punks. So, buckle up and dive into the world of Scumming—it's a ride worth taking.