Jim Santo's Demo Universe

Scarab - Scarab

This young Long Island band (formerly known as Earwig) mines the same hard pop fields as Magnapop, Veruca Salt and Jawbox, but their mine shaft collapses under an ass-backwards mix that pushes Wills' little-girl vocals way out front -- where no one can escape their frequent flatness -- and relegates a solid rhythm section to an unsatisfying background. Vocal lessons and a good producer should help Scarab catch the bandwagon that they want to jump on.

Cassette received August 1, 1995