Scary Pierre is a San Diego based rock outfit with a sound that blends raw, punchy post-punk with darkwave and a brisk funk/disco drive. Their latest EP Boys Club features jet-black melodies and funky rhythms, driven to urgency by vocalist Lucina Mays González’ strong and brutal delivery. Other members include Alia Jyawook on guitars, along with Mike Delgado and Charlie Brownell on the rhythm section. With all members belonging to several other notable bands from the area (Black Hondo, Hot Nerds, Buzzkill Romantics among others), this four-piece is a superteam with a ton of great work behind them.
Which shows a lot as they don’t seem to miss a step in this solid first offering. The group was preparing for a full-length release in 2019, yet was forced to cut back due to the pandemic. Despite the setback, this resulting 18 minute EP is a wonderful triumph and catharsis for the band. One that you can definitely hear in their music that reflects the bleak situation of our world in the form of vicious dance punk.
Scary Pierre opens strong with headlining tracks “Tramp” and “Sassy Pants”. The guitars are brisk and urgent, the vocals sharp and abrasive, with a constant rhythmic hook that can get you off your feet. With their grittier songs, the band evokes an atmosphere that makes it feel like you’re dancing on a floor full of nails. Anxious and hypnotic, full of tense anticipation that’s fun in the same way that watching horror is.
In “Run”, the band takes on a more subdued tone. Glistening riffs fill the mix, González ditches the screeching vocals for a smooth sentimental croon in a song about stepping away from a broken relationship. “A Lot Like Me” turns up the volume again, with harsh guitars soaked with abrasive textures and a beat that pounces at you and never lets go.
The EP ends with a disco vibe in “Piece of Mind”. The brightest and funkiest track in the record, with an earworm main riff and a groove that takes the band’s music to new dimensions.
Scary Pierre delivers a compelling and dancy post-punk collection with their first EP. Boys Club’s production might have been riddled with challenges, but the band managed to step up to the plate, delivering a ferocious rock n’ roll record fit for our times.