Dead Man Walks Down Bayview is the first studio album that Toronto punk rock survivors The Scenics have recorded since the 1970s. Recorded at Toronto’s #9 Studio and Allowed Sound Studio on Saltspring Island, 2009-2012, the album was produced by original band members, Ken Badger, Andy Meyers and Mark Perkell, mixed and mastered by celebrated producer Joby Baker at Baker Studios in Victoria, BC. Dead Man Walks Down Bayviewis being released by Dream Tower Records October 30.
Like their initial late ’70s work the sound on Dead Man Walks Down Bayview is a thrilling fusion of the essential sources of punk and new wave with the styles inspired by them. The result is an intricate yet powerful twin-guitar sound that suggests, without imitating, the power drone of the Velvet Underground and the heavenly jangle of the Byrds as well as the oeuvres that outfits like Television spun out of those same elements in the early days of punk. The material here was written over a span of several decades, but stylistically could have all come together in one madly inspired session.
Over a quarter-century after the band split amicably, Meyers started listening to some of the more than 300 hours of rehearsal, live and studio tapes The Scenics had recorded and was pleasantly shocked.The group re-introduced themselves to music lovers in 2008 with How Does It Feel To Be Loved: The Scenics Play The Velvet Underground, a collection of live recordings from 1977 – 1981. How Does It Feel… hit the Top 30 on college radio charts and received considerable critical acclaim from publications like the Village Voice, Toronto Star, Detroit Metro Times, Vancouver Province and Big Takeover among others. Badger and Meyers then resurrected the most powerful Scenics line-up with Perkell and Young, playing their first live shows in 26 years to wildly appreciative audiences. Sunshine World followed in 2009, featuring previously unreleased originals and two intriguing covers laid down in ’77/’78. The band then returned to the studio for the first time in over 20 years to record the nine Meyers and Badger originals that make up Dead Man Walks Down Bayview