PREMIERE: Card Reader is anthemic pop-punk goodness on “Mental Scars”

Card Reader

Card Reader is a pop-punk band hailing from Long Island, New York, and consists of guitarist/vocalist Tom Petito, drummer Rob Cigliano, guitarist Marc Lambert and bassist/vocalist Matt Sullivan.

The group is getting ready to launch their first EP, Mental Scars, on November 10th and and follows their perviously released singles, “Familiar Voices,” “True Enemy” and “Sore Eyes” which were made earlier this year.

Card Reader has forged ahead to provide fans with more music in 2020. This time, though, with the added experience and vocal presence from their new bassist Matt Sullivan. They attacked writing their new EP with the goal of reinforcing positivity and pushing the boundaries of their sound, and you can consider that goal accomplished. The guys enlisted the help of veteran music producers Nik Bruzzese of Man Overboard and Ace Enders of The Early November.

Card Reader founder Tom Petito elaborated on the process of creating the new EP, “We didn’t hesitate. We got right back in the studio and challenged ourselves to push the envelope on what we started. This EP is called Mental Scars because everybody has them. We all live with our past mistakes and failures. The difference is how we use them. We wanted to convey a message that inspires using your past as your greatest weapon. It’s not about anyone else but yourself. Create new motivation and hold yourself accountable for your dreams. Most importantly never give up on who you are.”

Today, Substream is thrilled to be teaming up with the band to exclusively premiere the title-track, “Mental Scars,” as the lead single off the release. The single is an anthemic pop-punk single that features a guest vocal appearance from Ryan Beebe of the Philadelphia-based band, Goalkeeper.

The accompanying music video, which you can find below, was directed by Sean Ageman of Washed Up Media. The band will be offering a special free download of the song here from today until November 10th, when the EP drops.