By Dave Segal
Seattle trio Scarves’ new album, Mall Goths, consists of 10 tracks “depicting characters along the I-5 corridor between Bellingham, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. Struggling against their reality, desperate for rebellion, yet inextricably stuck, they fall in love in one city and break up in the next.” Surely you can relate. Musically, Mall Goths is bright-orange rock with oddly sing-along-able choruses, sung by an androgynous-sounding dude who strikes me as the rock equivalent of Porter Ray, in terms of vocal timbre. The songs surge and soar on the wings of peculiar chord progressions, which music like this demands in order to avoid coming off as humdrum.