"Even though all of us try to soar to greater heights/we'll probably all die trying twice" sings lead vocalist Vincent Ebeier on the opening track "Leia is not your sister." Fortunately for The Scorseses, they deliver a solid debut on their first EP Presenting…The Scorseses. An even measure of radio-ready alt.
rock and ska—occasionally spiced with funk for added groove and psychedelic flavoring— their combination of styles gives birth to a fun sound that is welcomingly familiar, yet distinct. Like many alt. rock acts, the lyrics bleed from the open wound of a dead relationship. However, rather than perpetually pick at the scab, they focus on healing the past and moving forward—and always with a clever, often animated, delivery. "Drink the Blood of Spacely Sprocket"—the album's standout track—makes an analogy for one's search for meaning with a lost spaceship questing the universe for a new frontier. "Rabbithole" features equally picturesque story telling complemented by funky, surf instrumentation. The high-energy closer "Bury the Day" ends the album with a refrain that hammers off like a machine gun, sure to ignite a mosh pit during a live performance. If Presenting…The Scorceses is any indication, The Scorseses career will certainly soar to great heights during 2011.