Posts Tagged ‘Scoundrels’

Introducing: Shadowclub

It’s not very often we get tipped off about a hot band from South Africa. Until just now, we thought there wasn’t a great deal more than rugby and cricket that went on there (which is perhaps why they’ve been so strong at both pursuits historically), but low and behold, there is an indie scene nestled in the underground clubs of the nation’s larger cities.

Indeed, our friends Scoundrels have just been on tour over there for the first time (in an initiave to introduce international bands to the local market) and told us to check out Shadowclub, a rip roaring rock ‘n’ roll three piece from Johannesburg who opened up for them at the city’s Town Hall venue on 26 April.

Apparently, Shadowclub are a fairly big deal across SA – something that’s no doubt been aided by last year’s stadium support slots for none other than Kings Of Leon in Cape Town and Johannesburg, combined with a strong work ethic which has seen them trek across the country several times on their own steam.

Sound wise, this is unfiltered, dirty, foot-to-the-floor rock ‘n’ roll, no doubt inspired by the Followill clan’s earlier material (up to album no. 3, we’re guessing), Lou Reed, The Black Keys and Wolfmother – all of which we could see Shadowclub supporting and not bat an eyelid. It’s music for a night out on the tiles, rather than a period of introspection, we’d suggest, and we say three cheers to that. We also eagerly await the announcement of any European dates – which is something, according to a recent interview, they’re looking into.

Scoundrels – “Gulf Of Mexico”

Scoundrels play LFC’s 4th Birthday at Catch, 26/01/11. Photo by Max Webster.

London blues inspired rock ‘n’ rollers and LFC regulars Scoundrels are releasing their long awaited debut album on 27 June through the recently revamped Blue Horizon label. Self titled, it’ll be preceded by a new single called ‘Gulf Of Mexico’ a week before – a track that’s been on heavy rotation recently in these here parts.

Veering away from their usual mile-a-minute template, ‘Gulf Of Mexico’ is a far more blissed out, spacious and laid back affair that, perhaps unintentionally, doffs its hat towards the likes of Mumford And Sons and Bombay Bicycle Club (at least on their acoustic album Flaws). That’s not to damn it with faint praise, however – this is a track which really sounds like a band truly hitting their stride after a lengthy period of playing together and is a real showcase for front man Ned Wyndham’s unique and soulful voice. If it’s an indication of what’s to come next, we can’t wait to hear more.

Given its title, we can only assume the song was inspired by the band’s time in Southern Louisiana – and subsequent longing to return to their musical Mecca of Lafayette. And who’s to blame them? If you’d like to see what they got up to whilst in the deep South last year, do check out their beautifully shot fly-on-the-wall feature ‘Go Sell Your Soul‘ – it’s in six parts, and documents everything from saloon bar gigs to recording with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago.

Gulf Of Mexico by The Orchard

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

Laissez Faire Club is four

Laissez Faire Club’s live nights have been around for four years now, and in aid of this fact we’ve decided to put on two shows in two nights at two of our favourite East London venues, Catch and The Macbeth respectively.

In between stuffing ourselves with festive meats and heralding in 2k11 over the holiday season, we’ve been toiling away putting the lineups you see in front of you together. We’ve made an effort to book bands that have played at least one Laissez Faire Club gig in the past and generally supported us through thick and thin, alongside bands who are exciting us right now.

Scoundrels played the first ever LFC at The Windmill back in 2006 (and many more along the way, in various guises), so we’re delighted to have them headline the first evening at Catch. The blues influenced four piece recently put pen to paper with Seymour Stein’s resurrected Blue Horizon label (originally home to Fleetwood Mac and Chicken Shack), and this will be their first show of 2011. Support comes from LFC Records’ first ever signings Ice Black Birds, throwback folk ‘n’ rollers Holden and one of our favourite new discoveries of 2010, The Jacquerie.

Let’s Buy Happiness‘ debut at LFC came in September, and we’re over the moon to have them playing again for us so soon – they headline the second night at The Macbeth on the 27th. Their shoegazey sound and female vocals have won them many plaudits over the last few months, as well as comparisons to The Sundays and Cocteau Twins. Expect to hear their last single ‘Six Wolves’ aired, alongside its follow up ‘Fast Fast’ (out 28 Feb). Warming things up for them will be our new signings The Collectable Few, who’ll be launching their debut single ‘Headstrong’ (out on Monday 24th), as well as Escapists and Channel Cairo, two new-ish London bands who both play their own brand of atmospheric indie-rock with big, memorable hooks.

All in all, we really do believe these are some of the best new bands out there at the moment, and we’re delighted to have rounded them up to play to you all at once. On top of all this, we’ve confirmed special guest DJ sets from the likes of Post War Years, Monkeysuit and Gramofoam, who’ll be providing you with the latest indie / electro beats in between and after the live acts.

Excited? We certainly are. Full information, ticket details and Facebook RSVPs can be found on our Events page.

Scoundrels headline next LFC show at The Flowerpot

We’re really excited to announce that one of our favourite bands in London, Scoundrels, will be heading the bill at the next LFC event which is set to take place at Kentish Town’s best boozer The Flowerpot on Thursday 21 October. We blogged about this exciting blues-influenced quartet a while back, and can’t wait to welcome them back to the LFC stage for what will be a rare live outing in the run up to the release of their debut LP in 2011. Their live shows are always a dance inducing, sing-along friendly hoot, and we’re expecting this to be no different.

Support comes from Escapists, another great new band from the capital who look to North American alt rock bands such as Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene and The National, for inspiration. They played for us in April at The Lock Tavern under a different moniker (Heart On Fire), and what really struck us was their big, all-encompassing sound and sky-scraping hooks. They’re currently treading the boards at London’s best venues and club nights, playing a set full of new material alongside some of the choice older stuff. We’re licking our lips with anticipation. Opening the evening will be Brighton-based solo artist Freddy Furber.

Entry to the night is completely FREE! Doors open at around 7.30pm – arrive early to make sure you don’t miss any of the action. Please let us know if you’re coming by RSVP’ing to the Facebook event here. If you’d like to whet your appetite even further, Scoundrels are offering a free download of “Just Can’t See It Through”, a long time ‘live favourite’ and probable album track. Check it out below:

Scoundrels – Just Can’t See It Through by charmfactory

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