Release Date: Mar 20, 2013
Record label: Ais
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Scott and Rivers is the collaboration between Scott Murphy, of Chicago pop-punkers Allister, and Rivers Cuomo, of the iconic Weezer. For no better reason than they can, the duo recorded a full-length LP sung almost entirely in Japanese. Over the course of their debut self-titled’s 12 tracks, the duo prove that truly boss power-pop transcends any language barrier.
As a music fan, Japan has always baffled me. How can a series of Pacific islands, with a population less than half of America’s and a surface area that just barely covers the eastern seaboard of the United States, be so musically omnivorous? As artists, they are as creative and vibrant as any other developed country. But as consumers, there doesn’t seem to be anything they don’t like.
There’s a 99% possibility that some 10th-grade boy out there is currently relying on Pinkerton to guide him through the indignities of adolescence, and how’s this for some perspective: He wasn’t even born when Weezer released that album. And it’s been that long since any form of denial played a role in Rivers Cuomo’s music. From “Pork and Beans” to “Can’t Stop Partying”; from the Raditude cover art to the Hurley cover art; from the Weezer Cruise to the Pinkerton reunion tour, Cuomo has pretty much done everything over the past 17 years except take “no” for an answer.