Track Of The Day: Scrounge – ‘Leaking Drains’

Having continued to impress us over the last few years with both their breathtaking live energy and the unique, genre-bending sound of their recordings, South London duo Lucy and Luke – aka Scrounge – follow 2019’s EP Ideal with a brand new offering. Having received acclaim from the likes of John Kennedy and Steve LaMacq, we’re excited to hear where they take our ears next.

A stark soundscape reflecting on the state of society at the moment, ‘Leaking Drains’ is propelled by Lucy’s raw, snarling vocals and slashing guitar alongside Luke’s immense, thrashing beats. With a frenzied energy, it builds to a colossal cacophony before coming to a disconcerting, abrupt end – only adding to the stirring tension that has built up throughout. Oozing a ferocious power, the duo have created something that is striking both in its jarring potency and rage-driven force; a cathartic slice of poignant punk-poetry for the anxiety-laden times we find ourselves in.

Of the inspiration behind ‘Leaking Drain’, the band explain:

“This track is designed to be short and sharp, both lyrically and instrumentally… Living standards and life expectancy have dramatically dropped for the majority of ordinary people in the UK over the last generation or so, and it often feels like we’re at once completely weightless and under extreme pressure – a little like being deep underwater… The demonization and punching-down that constitutes most of the mainstream discourse around debt, housing, poverty and precarity in this country only compounds the issue. The anger and absurdity of a track like ‘Leaking Drains’ is driven by this stuff.

 

‘Leaking Drains’ is out now via Fierce Panda Records – buy it on bandcamp now. And Scrounge have just announced that they will be playing the SXSW Online Showcase next month – an incredibly well-deserved feat!

Mari Lane
@marimindles

LISTEN: Ellis – ‘Something Blue’

A melodic reflection on the gift of hindsight, Ontario’s Ellis laments about wanting to travel back in time on her latest single ‘Something Blue’. The track is taken from her recent EP The Fuzz, which will be physically released for the first time via Fat Possum records on 22nd March.

Ellis – aka Linnea Siggelkow – cut her teeth on her local DIY scene as a solo artist before evolving into a 4-piece band in 2018. Her gentle voice hosts both vulnerability and conviction, something which makes her new track ‘Something Blue’ so easy to listen to. Speaking about her new song, Ellis explains: “I think everyone has a moment that they wish they could time-travel back to and have a do-over. This song is about mine. Hindsight can be a real bitch.” We couldn’t agree more!

Ellis will play her first set of UK shows in May this year, which include dates at Glasgow’s Stag and Dagger festival and a headline show at The Islington in London. She will also be performing at SXSW too. With comparisons to Soccer Mommy and Mazy Star, we think Ellis is going to have a very successful 2019. Listen to ‘Something Blue’ below.

Pre-order your copy of Ellis’ EP The Fuzz here.

Ellis UK Tour Dates 2019
5/4/19 – Broadcast – Glasgow, UK (Stag and Dagger Festival)
5/8/19 – The Islington – London, UK

Photo Credit: Josh Howe

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut