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The Scutches
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The Scutches Talks New Album, Russia, & Arby’s

And find out what a 'scutch' is below!

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The first time I worked up the nerve to go to a pop punk show by myself in the suburbs of Chicago, IL was when I was introduced to The Scutches. They’re super fun to see live, and recently I was able to chat with singer/guitarist Vincent Hoffer about their new album, Negatory, coming out June 1st on Something To Do Records.

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Erin Doyle

Your new album, Negatory, comes out June 1st. How long was the process to write and record these songs?

The Scutches

Wow, well the songs were written over the period of a year, a year before we recorded. We recorded it in 2017, so it’s been a while. Ever since, we were shopping for the right label, which we found with Something To Do.

Erin Doyle

Your song “Don’t Go” was recently covered by Teenage Bottlerocket on their Stealing the Covers album. So rad! How did that come about and did it bring you new fans?

The Scutches

We’ve been friends with the guys in TBR since like 2007, and we started playing shows with them in 2012, which is when 10 Songs, 10 Years came out. They would always ask us about that song, so we knew they were fans of it. It came out of the blue when they messaged me asking for the lyrics. It was a bit of a surprise; it was great. It brought us a bit of attention.

Erin Doyle

I see you’re headed to Russia soon. Have you toured there before? What’s the punk scene like?

The Scutches

I have not toured there before, and apparently it’s pretty crazy. It’s a very small punk rock scene. I’ve known the guys we’re going on tour with for like five years. They always ask me to come over, and I was always thinking it would never happen but it finally did.

Erin Doyle

How did you meet these Russian punks?

The Scutches

Well I met Vladimir way back on Myspace. In 2014, The Scutches toured Chicago and he was there at Jughead’s basement show. So we’ve kept in touch since.

Erin Doyle

Where’s the weirdest place you’ve had to crash on tour?

The Scutches

Oh man, the weirdest place? The place that sticks out most is in Phoenix, AZ almost to the day last year. We had to crash in an Arby’s parking lot. The road was closed back to my friend’s house and we didn’t know how to get there.

Erin Doyle

Follow up: Did you eat Arby’s in the morning?

The Scutches

No, no we got the hell out of there. It was a hundred degrees in the van, so we brushed our teeth and left.

Erin Doyle

Will you be touring the US to promote Negatory?

The Scutches

Oh yeah, we don’t have dates announced yet but it will be at the end of August/early September.

Erin Doyle

Where was the worst place you’ve played a show?

The Scutches

The worst place? Holy mother… I don’t know. I don’t think there was a worst place. It turns out it’s always a party when we play.

Erin Doyle

And finally, how did you come up with the band name?

The Scutches

Well, growing up in New York, part of my family is Sicilian. So if you’re called a “scutch” it’s like slang for “little pain in the ass.” And I was always called that growing up, the youngest of three.

  1. Live From The Rock Room
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    The Scutches – “One True Crutch” & “Don’t Go”

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    The Scutches – “Good Intentions”

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    The Scutches – “Worth Enough”

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