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The Screw-Ups / Press

"[Watch Yourself] steams along with a catchy chorus and a perfect saxophone solo & it’s nice to hear a modern-day American band doing something very un-American – and doing it well. Once upon a time in the 80s this would have been a hit single & indeed it should be now too.

“Though the band's name is eerily similar to the name my dad suggested for my autobiography, there is nothing screwy sounding in the Screw-Ups' music. This hard-grooving band has a hip, dance-ready sound influenced by the Slackers, Toots and the Maytals, Sublime, The Police, Stevie Wonder, the Aggrolites, Sam Cooke and Jimmy Cliff.”

“Dirty ska, grizzly quick lyrics, nice basslines and nasty backing tracks.”

"Well, if it’s catchy you want, The Screw-Ups have that in spades."

"Their upbeat instrumentals, accompanied by angsty lyrics about young love and heartbreak, bring to mind recent ska greats such as 311 and Sublime"

"For all the negative things that have put Newtown, CT in the news, it will always be a musical hub in my mind. I grew up a few towns over and the Newtown Teen Center had a somewhat mythical status. I’m not sure I could name all of the bands I saw in high school that came out of Newtown. ...It’s only fitting that a great ska/reggae act, still new to Boston, originated there. The Screw-Ups cite The Slackers, Toots and the Maytals, and Sublime as some of their influences. Personally, I’m hearing some very two-tone sounds off of their April 2013 EP release, and I’m totally digging their danceable rhythms and the sound of the single sax."

“The Screw-Ups Are Finally 'Getting It Right'”

"[The EP is]...a very accomplished effort by a band offering something a little bit different."

"Out of the pile of recent demos featuring less than angelic voices, it's refreshing to know lead singers like Screw-ups' front man, Julian Wahlberg, can actually, well...sing."

"If there are people willing to listen then The Screw-Ups are willing to play; and news about the band travels heavily through word of mouth."