I kind of feel like I’m getting an education in Triangle music history this year; back in the winter, I saw alt country pioneers the Backsliders for the first time, and even though Southern Culture on the Skids have been playing their surfabilly punk since 1983, their latest LP Zombified is the first time I’ve dug into their music. And I’m enjoying it a hell out of a lot, which is why it’s a bummer to me that I can’t be heading out to the Outer Banks for the Dare Arts Council’s Rock The Cape today. (We’re heading to DC to see Fall Out Boy instead. It’s a thing.)
SCOTS, as they’re better known, are headlining the first Rock The Cape, a fundraiser featuring local musicians and artists, to help local musicians and artists. Parts of the proceeds will go to the Community Music School, which provides music lessons to kids who live on the Outer Banks. I can’t think of a better band to play this event, because from the first moment of Zombified, SCOTS made me want to run away to the beach. It’s happy, clever summer music, made for dancing on beaches at sunset and sitting on front porches drinking your cold drink of choice.
Stream the title track below, and take a trip down to the Outer Banks tomorrow, maybe, if you’re looking for somewhere to be other than work. Rock The Cape starts at 2pm, and you’ll be there in plenty of time to hear SCOTS, in fact, rock the cape.