Album review: Scoundrels - 'Sexy Weekend'
It’s been just over a month since I saw Scoundrels live. I have to say, they’re definitely one of the best musical discoveries for me.
Their self-titled debut album is now stuck in my CD player and I really don’t mind – because I just can’t get enough of their beautifully cruddy blues rock.
Their new EP, Sexy Weekend is a small taste of what is to come.
These five superbly polished tracks take blues and makes it almost indie – I like. A lot. The band, having spent much time immersed in the sound of old Louisiana blues, has come out of it, broken the mould and turned the genre on its head.
The Sexy Weekend EP is essentially blues; but isn’t for purists. It’s by no means textbook blues.
Opening track Bon Temps Rouler bursts through the speakers with a boogie-rich bassline with an unrefined vocal delivery from singer Ned Wyndham, complemented by a pretty riff. It eases you into a catchy, toe-tapping rhythm. Coupled with a ridiculous video which is something out of Monty Python, it’s a cool introduction to what Scoundrels is all about.
Title track Sexy Weekend is attractive with guitar speaking their melodies to each other so seamlessly through its very soul sound. Motown. Very Motown.
Beijing Honey, I love. The band’s collective sound just tightens into a stunning cacophony of blues, reggae and soul. It’s a wall of sound made up of dueling guitars amid all the band members pulling together around Wyndham’s strong vocals.
The other two tracks – London and Brother are indicative of their sound from the full-length album, but don’t really live up to the standard of the other three songs. But as always, it’s four of them having fun with their blues-rich beginnings shining through.
Made up of an array of influences that have heavily impacted modern music, this is a brave venture into a world that has been left quite pure for decades. This contemporary spin on classic styles is what will make Scoundrels a force to be reckoned with. With this much fluency in classic styles, it’s hard to believe these dudes are in their early to mid 20s.
It’s quite simply, brilliant.