Walter Schreifels

Walter Schreifels is probably best known as a member of acts such as Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, and Rival Schools, but his first release under his own name shows that when the distortion is stripped away, Schreifels truly shines. An Open Letter to the Scene features everything from folk-inspired rockers (“She Is to Me”) and jangly tracks reminiscent of Teenage Fanclub (“Ballad of Lil’ Kim”) to intricately arranged pop songs like “Arthur Lee’s Lullaby.” The most impressive songs, however, are Schreifels’s take on CIV’s “Don’t Gotta Prove It” and Agnostic Front’s “Society Sucker”; both lend new emotional resonance to the hardcore classics.

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