Wednesday, September 28, 2011
SCARAB is a former 90’s indie/emo/punk rock DIY band from Long Island, New York. Named after ancient Egypt’s magic shaped amulets, Scarab started touring in 1994 with their "melodic yet aggressive sound." Scarab consisted of Melanie Wills on vocals, Milan Millevoy on guitar, Lee Greenman on bass, and Dan Lopez drumming. A record deal went bad lead to their inevitable breakup. Members went on to form One True Thing, which is much poppier and radio-friendly. Although One True Thing wound up re-doing a Scarab song or 2 ("Dearest" & "Bloom"), they certainly couldn't touch Scarab's dark, haunting, melodies. This is some of my favorite girl vocals of all time. And right up there with Greensleep & Sleepasaurus as being some of the best music from the 90's Long Island punk scene. These are some sweet long lost gems here. Scarab did some demo tapes ("Earwig" demo+), a couple compilations ("Comp Shmomp 2", "Innovations In Music Vol.1", "Diversified Chaos"+) as well as a Split 7" with Greensleep on Motherbox Records. You still can get that on pink vinyl here. Hope you enjoy this incredible band as much as I do. Fuck, so good. More complete bio here on To Live And Die On Island.
(*Updated 5/12: Added Greensleep split 7" songs to zip.)