Scruffy and the Janitors are really just a riot. Just when the night was meandering along at SXSW, this band came and gave it a swift kick in the butt.

From the very first time we saw Scruffy and the Janitors, we knew there was something eccentric about their live shows. This is a band full of fresh ideas and sky-high energy. The great thing is, even after all their thrashing and jumping around, they’re barely out of breath.

This band also boasts one of the best guitarists you’ll see with X’s on his hands. This is pure, heart-racing rock with exciting, screamy vocals to match. Keep an eye on this one, folks. They’ve got an EP coming out soon and even more lively shows to come.

Here’s a clip of the Missouri band playing Midcoast Takeover on Wednesday, where they easily won over the crowd and even got the audience to react wildly (check out the guitarist slamming his body onto the stage at the end without breaking a sweat).

Words and photos by Fally Afani




Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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