You’re going to hang for what you’ve done
West London rock / soul / blues quartet Scoundrels, who you might have seen at a Laissez Faire Club event on a number of occasions in the past (under slightly different monikers and with slightly different personnel) recently went off to Louisiana for a couple of months at the start of the year to write and record their debut album, as well as play gigs in saloon bars and generally find themselves musically.
The trip was made possible after industry legend Seymour Stein (co-founder of Sire Records) picked up on some early recordings of theirs, and suggested that they work with swamp pop pioneer CC Adcock, a close friend of his down in Lafayette. It proved to be an inspired move – they’re now back in Blighty with an LP’s worth of shiny recordings under their belt, and we must say the results are nothing less than impressive.
Over the last couple of years, they’ve experimented with sounds, songs and entire sets, never quite settling on what they had, despite always hinting at something spectacular – particularly on their two self released EPs in 2008, which saw them pick up a BBC Radio 2 track of the week with lost classic ‘Montevetro’. Anyhow, they’re now playing confident, ballsy, no-nonsense blues-influenced rock ‘n’ roll in a manner they’ve always threatened to and sound more together than they’ve ever done. Amazing what an extended period in the swamps can do for a band.
Take for example their forthcoming debut single ‘Hangman’s Lament’ (recorded during sessions in Chicago with Steve Albini), a real kick in the teeth and a formidable introduction to a band we’re sure to be hearing more of in the coming months. First port of call is a tour with Indiana’s Johnny Cash revivalists Murder By Death, which kicks off in Leicester on Friday. Full dates on their MySpace.