by Aaron Gidney

US 90’s Alternative/Pop-Rock revivalists Scott and Jeni Ivey are a recent signing to Golden Robot Records and released their debut album, ‘God Damned the Scatterbrain’ in April 2021.

The first of these two singles, is a cover of Eels 1996 classic, ‘Novocaine for the Soul’ and is fairly faithful to the original, instantly giving off the alternative 90’s vibes. There’s not a great deal to say about this one and it certainly isn’t indicative of the band’s second single (and original track) ‘Hail Mary Martyrs’. This original track is a much heavier song and a features a great fuzz guitar solo – delivered with a sense of humour and tongue firmly in cheek. The chorus is catchy and the dual vocals of the husband and wife duo are a really nice touch and blend really well. The jangly guitars in the latter part of the song up the alternative ’90’s foundations. The accompanying music video perhaps gives a better insight into the band makeup which seemingly adds a new drummer and bassist to the duo.

For those of you who enjoy spaced out lyric videos – check out the video the band have done to accompany the Eels cover, although I ended up with headache trying to watch it all the way through. (imagine the Vertigo record label swirl in video form!).

Anyway, these tracks are for anyone who appreciates the alt-rock/Pop-Rock ’90’s vibes – good stuff!


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