Canada continues to be a breeding ground for great punk music and Toronto’s Sixteen Scandals certainly fits the bill. The outfit’s new single “Don’t Call Me Shirley” – aside from being an Airplane reference that automatically garners them bonus points from this penman – is an absolute wave of destruction and power chords made to demolish your next neighborhood mosh pit…but the band explains it best.
Sixteen Scandals mission statement:
“Sixteen Scandals was created for the sole purpose of destruction. The kind of destruction some good friends with a camera, some gasoline and a book of matches get up to. Skateboarding a rusty ramp with no shirt on. Setting fireworks off in your hands. Nothing to show for it but memories, some burns and a smile from ear to ear. We didn’t write a bunch of songs to get rich and quit our day jobs, we wrote them to play in sweaty little clubs to people who like to break themselves for fun. Sixteen Scandals was not built to last, we were made to burn.
Sixteen Scandals on “Don’t Call Me Shirley”:
“‘Don’t call me Shirley’ is about forcing yourself to get up when all you want to do is be a fat kid in bed all day. Meaty slices of guitar drizzled in syrupy sweet melodies, this song helped me overcome one of those writing slumps that spilled over into a full on life slump. Just forcing myself to write even if it sucked really helped me through last winter.”
Stream the damn thing:
Sixteen Scandals will drop “Don’t Call Me Shirley” with its forthcoming full length Create And Destroy on Dec. 4th…stay tuned for more on the band leading up to that unveiling.