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If the songs on Scrap Iron Sun’s latest effort, “Recycled,” sound as raw and unhinged as if the band has already been playing them live aggressively for years, it’s because many of the songs have been making the rounds as part of the band’s repertoire almost since the 2009 release of their debut album, “Getting a Rusty Tan.” However, this hasn’t stopped the inventive quartet from West Springfield, Massachusetts, from tinkering even with the songs that their fans are most familiar with. Frequent opener “Friday June 28th” gets a boost from an inventive horn section, and rocker “The Missing Link” sounds even more melodic with extra backing vocals from guitarist and main songwriter Scott Cleveland. However, a full appreciation of Scrap Iron Sun’s sound and creative process also requires an overview of the band’s brief but very active history.
In 2009, Cleveland and his longtime collaborator, guitarist, vocalist, and occasional banjoist George Condon, decided to turn their on-again off-again music hobby into a full-time effort and produce an album. The result, the aforementioned “Getting a Rusty Tan,” is an exemplary studio effort, with such tracks as the syrupy, recorder-laced “I’m Still Sane,” the haunting, trance-like “Only the Dead,” and the jazzy, bar-piano groove of “Wallflower’s Lament.” The range of influences and styles that the band displays (including but not limited to the classic rock of the Kinks and the Who

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  • mojoman3

    It's not news that these guys rock, but on their first new album in years they really got their Mojo working like they never have before-which is a fine thing indeed.

    2 Feb 2011 Reply