The Scones – Go Ahead, Bake My Day EP
This review is a couple of years late; my excuse being that I never knew this little gem existed! 'The Scones', which is correctly pronounced to rhyme with ‘cons’, rather than ‘cones’, are a band centred around the talents of Hamiltonian Julian White, while the remaining members are based in Auckland.
The sound of their EP, ‘Go Ahead, Bake my Day, is unashamedly influenced by Flying Nun bands from the ‘80s and ‘90s. For example, to cook up the first track, titled Blue and Green, you might take one part the Bats, add an equal portion of Sneaky Feelings, and then season it with some Goblin Mix or Exploding Budgies. The second track, Weeds, also sounds like it also could have come from The Bats ‘Daddy’s Highway’ or ‘The Law of Things’. However, that is not to say there isn’t great variety among its six tracks, or that the wearing of their influences on their sleeve is a bad thing. This is a totally enjoyable EP, from the beginning to the final (and if I am hearing the lyrics correctly, slightly comedic) eponymous track, ‘Scones’. The EP is well produced, the instruments sound great, and White I would argue has a more listenable voice than many of his influences. If you were a lover of Flying Nun at its best, you should give this EP a listen or ten (and then a few more after that for good measure).
All of the songs are free from their Soundcloud. Ian Duggan