On his band Deleted Scenes' latest serrated rock tune “Stutter,” Dan Scheuerman plays the ghost of an addled drill instructor trapped in a sampler, his bitter commands and platitudes sliced into a digital mayhem. When his thoughts get interrupted by the drunken effects, as in opening line “Life is a masquerade of clowwAAAH-H-H,” it's feels like a computer's actively redacting him. Bleeping for the new millenium. But there's also the feeling that even if we could read his lyrics, they'd match the same level of frustration present in his numb-tongued growl and in the rattling outro that grows from the verse's joyous pile-up of shredding, yelping and cascading upstrokes. “Does anybody really know what's going these days?” As in the song, a lot of nonsense, but you'll happily return to it here.
Deleted Scene's new album Lithium Burn is out February 11 via Park the Van/Nevado.