Premiere: Scrounge – ‘Crimson’

As any regular readers/listeners of GIHE will be aware, we’ve been huge fans of South London duo Luke and Lucy – aka Scrounge – for a while now. Ever since they completely blew us away with their epically energy-fuelled set at one of our gigs at The Windmill last summer, we’ve been struggling to put into words just how impressive we find their refreshingly original sound. Now, following last year’s edgy single ‘Etch’ and sharing stages with the likes of Desperate Journalist and Phobophobes, Scrounge return to blast into our ears with the furious power of a brand new offering.

Propelled by Luke’s intense pummelling beats and Lucy’s trademark gritty snarl, ‘Crimson’ creates a frenzied swirl of sound that’ll wrap itself around you with a racing sense of urgency. With shades of the soaring majesty of Sonic Youth, whilst retaining the duo’s utterly unique and colossal genre-blending sound, ‘Crimson’ offers a wonderfully discordant whirring cacophony that builds with an immense power at break-neck force to a truly breathtaking climax. Of the track, the band explain:

‘Crimson’ is about the mythologies that one builds up around oneself, and what happens when those mythologies rub up against reality and their flaws are exposed. We recorded it in an afternoon with our mate Mark in South Bermondsey, writing and rewriting the lyrics as we played, and worked hard to channel the disorientating feelings. Confusion and loss are at the heart of the enterprise…

Produced and mixed by Mark Estall at Marketstall Recording, listen to ‘Crimson’ for the first time here:

 

‘Crimson’ is out now and you can catch Scrounge live (which we STRONGLY RECOMMEND!) at the following dates:

13th February – The Waiting Room, Stoke Newington (with Unhappybirthday)
21st February – Hare & Hounds, Brighton (Club Fugly with Currls)
8th March – The Finsbury, London (for yours truly Get In Her Ears!)
30th March – Bang On Fest, Berlin

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: Scrounge – ‘Etch’

One of our favourite duos around at the moment, Lucy and Luke – aka Scrounge – met at Goldsmiths and are now based in South London creating totally unique, immense genre-blending post punk anthems. Having played for us a couple of times now, their live show is truly breathtaking, unlike anything else I’ve seen or heard before. And so, it was with excitement that we heard they have brand new single out… 

Both edgy and itchy, the appropriately named ‘Etch’ is a short, but very sweet, blast of perfect scuzz-filled post-punk. A track that will indeed remain etched on your ears, demanding multiple listens, it’s propelled by Luke’s thrashing beats as Lucy’s colossal vocals rage alongside whirring hooks with a gritty sense of urgency. Oozing the duo’s epic, swirling wall of sound, with ‘Etch’ Scrounge have blown me away once again, marking themselves out as definite ones to watch.

 

‘Etch’ is out now via Fierce Panda Records. And you can catch Scrounge live at the following dates:

30th October – The Lexington, London (supporting Hater)
29th November – The Social, London

Mari Lane
@marimindles