Mike Rivkin ’13 returns with the Scout Boys

(Courtesy of Jeff Skaferowsky) Scout Boys features Union alum Mike Rivkin and will perform in Beuth House on Saturday, Oct. 17. The event begins at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, the Long Island five-piece band “Scout Boys” is performing at Beuth House alongside Albany band, Prince Daddy & the Hyena. The event is sponsored by Arts House and Beuth Minerva Council, and begins at 7:30 p.m. If you were disappointed by Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, but could maybe see yourself playing it at a sleepover, then this show is a must-see.

While Scout Boys and Prince Daddy & the Hyena may differ in sound, they work well as a pairing.

In essence, these are two “punk” bands, but the term “punk” has become so nuanced in today’s music scene that I hesitate to use it here without some clarification.

Prince Daddy & the Hyena play chewy, fuzzed-out garage punk, while Scout Boys offer a cleaner and more pop-indie punk sound.

So prepare to bob your head to introspective lyrics reminding you of all the times you should have just kissed her.

The band’s EP, “What If, Like, When We Die…” was featured on Vice News’ “Noisey” music blog, and it just released its single, “A Strange Dream about Weird Money,” on Punk Talks’ Silver Linings Charity Compilation to benefit mental health services in the music industry. In December, Scout Boys will head to Headroom Studio in Philadelphia to record its first LP. I caught up with Scout Boys guitarist and Union alum Mike Rivkin ’13 for a short interview in the midst of planning this show.

Cameron Duval: How did Scout Boys get started as a band?

Mike Rivkin: Felix and I started Scout after the band we were in broke up. Since then, we’ve added Dan, the face, Jeff, the brains and JoJo, the wildcard.

CD: How have you changed musically since you started?

MR: We started as a damn near pop-punk band and are now an indie rock band, I guess. We slowed down.

CD: What can we expect to hear from you on Saturday?

MR: A lot of new songs. Mid-tempo indie rock garbage.

CD: What’s been the most difficult part of being in a band in your early 20s?

MR: Balancing touring, recording and starting careers. I don’t think any of us have intentions of being punk lifers, but it’s still tough when we’re trying to tour and having to work around vacation time.

CD: You’ve gone on a few tours before. What has your experience touring been like?

MR: Largely a lot of fun. Shout out to Caesar from Detroit.

CD: What’s the most rewarding thing about playing your own music?

MR: Not playing other peoples’ music.

CD: In terms of everything but your sound, what were some of your biggest influences?

MR: Aliens, Reggae, the month of October, the moon.

CD: Who’s got your Write-In vote for President?

MR: Caesar from Detroit. Shouts out to Caesar from Detroit.

CD: Halloween’s coming up. What’s the spookiest thing you can think of?

MR: A pumpkin, I guess.

CD: Okay, but what do you have to say about the issues?

MR: We’re excited to start our new lives underground.


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