“Better Late Than Never”
I'm not sure if Australia's Scum of the Earth realize it or not, but their name came from a song by British old school punkers The U.K. Subs. Maybe it isn't intentional, because they sound nothing alike, at all, but there is a certain element of down-and dirty, raw-as-an-Indian arm-burn punk rock sound that they both share. Not punk in the over-commercialized pop sense. Not even in the traditional Elvis Costello "I love my girlfriend" sense. More in the "I hate my girlfriend, and yours too, now let's tear some stuff up" sense. Which, according to the liner notes, has happened quite a bit in reference to this band. Apparently, Scum of the Earth has been around since the early 90s, but Better Late Than Never is their debut CD. If all of this is true, it's long over due. Scum of the Earth often degenerate (or expand, depending on your tastes) into hardcore, as on the first track, "Pathetic," but it's always in the traditional vein – as a more aggressive version of punk. "Satisfied" brings us back to the likes of the Germs, with some saxophones added, before breaking into a full-on ska beat, upstrokes and all. "Lock 'Em Up" breaks back into rock, sounding like Bleach-era Nirvana, but with deeper and fuller vocals. "Under a Spell," one of the songs put on the CD as "bonus tracks…from the early days" sounds very much and somewhat surprisingly like the early (and good) Misfits. The best song on the album is probably "Mars"– a bouncy, messy ride. It's aggressive, a bit dancy, but still raw and sloppy. Once again, the saxophones provide just enough cohesion to keep it all together. Don't let the liner notes (or me) confuse you. These guys can play their instruments when they want to. They can be fast, and technical, and precise when they need to be. They can be properly messy when necessary as well. And they like curry, a lot. (by Kindred Winecoff - ©2000 Bandoppler Radio www.bandoppler.com A Treble & Spaghetti Publication - All Rights Reserved.)

“Better Late Than Never”
Yeah, baby! This Aussie band reminds me of what was going on in the underground around 1983-1985. Thick guitars, loud growly vocals, and even get this a sax thrown in a couple of tracks. I wouldn’t really call this “hardcore” - I tend to lean more to the label of “post-punk” but it is not exactly punk either. Maybe because I cannot easily pigeon hole this band I am finding myself totally digging it. Post-hardcore? I just don’t know! There an awful lot of Rock to be found here but it ain’t just rock. Like I said, this reminds me of underground stuff from 83-85 when bands were trying to find their own sound and were not content to just sound like their favorite bands. This puppy sucker punched me and it will do the same for you if you give it the chance....- “ The Crucial Times-#13”

“Better Late Than Never”
Early 80’s style punk thats real catchy and has plenty of diversity in both speed and style. The lyrics deal with real issues and sound awesome coming from Dan (Ceasefire). There’s even a DRI cover sung by Grobbo (aka Dave from Ceasefire). I can’t say enough good things about this band, get it!- “ Wolfpack-#1

“Better Late Than Never”
Australian Christian hardcore gutter punk with a touch of ska and death is what you'll find in the debut release by our friends from down under. As you have noticed, they mix a variety of styles but manage to do it very successfully. Another remarkable thing about this album is that Scum has been around since 1990! Better Late Than Never is a very appropriate title for this CD, which includes unreleased recordings from 1990 to 1998. The first song, "Pathetic", starts off with a hard and rockin' sound. The vocals remind me of World Against World while the guitars are reminiscant of early NIV. "Satisfied" is a refreshing surprise, which features more of an upbeat sound that is similiar to old Voodoo Glow Skulls. It features some nice background saxaphone sounds and a ska breakdown in the middle. The next song, "Lock 'Em Up", has a really heavy groove with some nice fuzzy guitar distortion. "Perfect" has a cool hardcore punk sound that can be compared to the blamed. "Mediocrity" is a very powerful and emotionaly driven song about how no one can live up to the fantasy world created by the advertising industry. There is a disclaimer in the CD regarding this song advising people not to kill themselves because of the lyrics! "No matter how hard you try, you'll never be good enough. You're a loser. Try as you will, you're never gonna make it," are the words uttered in an Australian accent before they turn into screaming. Another great song featuring saxaphones, "Mars", makes you want to jump out of your chair and dance, without forsaking the hard-edged sound. Next comes an aqward change of direction in the song "Search and Destroy". This song features low and schreiking death style background vocals, which is a strange but cool blend with the hardcore punk sound. The last three songs are recordings from the early days of scum. "Under A Spell" has an oldies rock sound to it, which was a rather odd way to end this excellent album. Scum has a familiar, yet unique sound. Check this album out!