Band: The Handsome Scoundrels EP Release Party
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 p.m.
Venue: The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., www.themerrywidow.net
Tickets: $8, available at The Merry Widow and Ticketfly

Mobile’s punk scene has always been an enigma. Local groups focusing on this underground genre come and go, but a few Azalea City punk outfits have managed to last. The Handsome Scoundrels are one such band.

For seven years, The Handsome Scoundrels have delivered an adrenalized brand of punk rock that is both beguiling and fun. Just when the public thinks this Nappie Award-winning band has faded into the shadows, it emerges triumphantly with a new release and a run of live shows.

This show will introduce the local audience to their latest release, “Thick Cuts” on Outloud! Records. For this special occasion, the group has recruited metalcore masters Son of a Gun to help energize the crowd.

Many punk groups tend to force evolution on their sound, with horrible results. Pulling inspiration from classic artists such as The Vandals and Assorted Jelly Beans, The Handsome Scoundrels maintain their appealing punk style.

The band maintains upbeat rhythms throughout “Thick Cuts,” even with the acoustic-driven ballad “Drive Thru Angel.” Considering the content and production, this EP is some of The Handsome Scoundrels’ best material to date.