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LFC 4th Birthday band #1: Scoundrels

So we came up with an idea. Over the next eight week days (starting today, 12 January), in the run up to our 4th birthday shows (see previous post), we’re going to profile each of the bands appearing, and ask them some questions. Think of it as an alternative to The Guardian Online’s much referenced New Band Of The Day feature.

You probably don’t know them that well (if you do – pat yourselves on the back for being ahead of the game), so this is your chance to get up close and personal before they hit the stage on the 26th and 27th. Hopefully, you’ll like what you read (and indeed hear) enough to put on your shoes and drag yourself out of the house and into the sweat boxes of the East End for some good old fashioned live music.

First up are LFC stalwarts Scoundrels, recently signed to the revived Blue Horizon label and set to open their 2011 gigging account at Catch on the 26th, before they hit the road for a 12-date UK tour with fellow blues-inspired rockers Kill It Kid.

Location: London, UK
Lineup: Ned Wyndham (Vocals, Guitar); George Elliot (Lead Guitar); Alex Hill (Bass); Josh Martens (Drums)
Label: Blue Horizon
Previous LFC appearances: 8
Blog love: “clean guitar lines mesh with solo picking and the kind of steadied backbeat that bar brawls are made of” (The Culture Of Me)
LFC 4th Birthday show details: Catch, 26 Jan, on-stage 10.15pm RSVP TICKETS

Who are you?

N: Scoundrels, a four piece “cruddy blues, rock n’ soul” outfit hailing from the four corners of Guildford, Salisbury, Lewes and Chiswick.

What were your highlights of 2010?

N: We were sent by Seymour Stein (founder of Sire Records) to the swamps of South Louisiana for two months to record, live on a house boat and generally get schooled by the local musicians in the ways of blues, soul, country, New Orleans jazz and zydeco. It was incredible. We also spent two weeks in Chicago recording with Alt-Rock legend Steve Albini which was a real experience, recording to analog tape and honing our recorded performances.

What are you most looking forward to in 2011?

N: Releasing our debut album, working under our new label (Blue Horizon) and touring like mad. We thrive on live performances and hopefully we’ll continue to gain a good reputation doing so.

Do you have anything available to buy right now?

N: We released a rather fruity single, “Hangman’s Lament” in June ourselves which got to number 2 on the iTunes Blues charts and is available to download. We’ll be releasing an album and more singles in the coming months but we’ll keep you posted.

What’s been your best gig(s) to date?

N: Our baptism of fire in the US, playing the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette on Mardi Gras to an amazing southern crowd. The vibe was amazing and the reception we got was typical of Louisianans, full of warmth and fervour.

And finally, why should people attend your gig?

N: Because we’ve got good tunes and have enough soul to make your bones jangle to the beat and your nose hairs stand on end. We also release a marsupial on stage during the latter stages of the set which is quite extraordinary.

Scoundrels – Hangman’s Lament by charmfactory

MP3: Scoundrels – Just Can’t See It Through

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.

Scoundrels – Hangman’s Lament by charmfactory

Past LFC performance