Denver, being land locked, hasn’t got a harbor and parts of it certainly aren’t scenic, but that hasn’t stopped ex-Fenix TX vocalist/guitarist Will Salazar putting together a superior pop punk outfit named after the tough area where he grew up. Drafted in are fellow Fenix TX member Chris Lewis and the brothers Aarron an llan Rubin from the lesser-known F.O.N. The latter being a drummer of some note, who is not only the youngest drummer to appear at Woodstock in but was also voted the best undiscovered drummer under the age of 18 by Modern Drummer magazine…he was twelve at the time!!!
‘Scenic’ reads like the book of thinking mans pop/punk, with Salazar’s vocals understandably bringing to mind his previous band. It’s all a little bit more grown up though, lacking ‘Lechuza’s’ formulaic obsession with porn stars. The punk edge shows through on the New Found Glory/Story of the Year hybrid ‘All I Want’ and on the frantically paced opener ‘Xenophobia’, whilst the eclecticism is ably illustrated by the Foo Fighters-esque interlude of ‘Twenty Six’ and straight ahead modern rock of ‘Move On’. With a liberal smattering of punk, rock and pop ‘Scenic’ is an album that has a spark more originality than most of today’s bands on the never-ending pop punk conveyor belt.