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Scoundrels ‘Hangman’s Lament’
Debut Single Released 19th July 2010 One Fifteen Records

Scoundrels – Just Can’t See It Through by charmfactory

Daring to dream, Ned Wyndham (lead singer of Scoundrels) sent his demo tape to a host of industry figures in the slight hope that maybe one of them would listen. Little did he know that months later, the man who signed Madonna would have Scoundrels recording in legendary studios in Louisiana and working with producer Steve Albini, (whose credits include Nirvana, The Pixies, The Stooges, and Jarvis Cocker), plus that the band would be the subject of a documentary by Pulse Films, the makers of Blur’s ‘No Distance Left To Run’.

Out of the blue late last year, Ned received a call from Seymour Stein, legendary A&R man and co-founder of Sire Records (Stein signed Madonna, The Ramones and The Pretenders amongst others). By pure chance, he had listened to the bands demo and instantly had a vision for them. A plan was hatched to re-locate the band to Louisiana to learn and develop their sound and craft, and record their debut album between Albini in Chicago, and Louisianan studios La Louisianne (the ‘Sun Records’ of Lafayette) and Studio in the Country (previously a second home to Stevie Wonder, The Gutter Twins, Marilyn Manson, Willie Nelson). Wyatt Garfield (‘Director of The Execution of Solomon Harris’ – Official Selection Sundance Film Selection, 2008) in association with Pulse Films (‘No Distance Left To Run’, Blur: Live at Hyde Park) was to film the whole experience for a documentary entitled ‘Go Sell Your Soul’ which will be shown in six ten minute clips on in the weeks around the album release.

In the early part of 2010, the band flew to Lafayette (population 60,000) for a three-month stay on a houseboat on the Louisiana swamps. While there, the band met a unique cast of characters including roadie / tour guide / driver ‘Hart’ who showed the band the sights in his 22-foot Lincoln Continental called ‘The Cream Puff’. Immersing themselves in the town’s culture, cuisine, and character, the band got to work recording their album in ‘Studio in the Country’ and ‘La Louisianne’. Living the Louisianan way (late nights listening to live music while eating a steady diet of gumbo and deep fried fish) meant the band were privy to the areas wide variety of music – from zydeco, jazz and blues to modern rock. Over the course of the trip, many of the local musicians became friends, eventually inviting Scoundrels to join them onstage to jam, experiences that undoubtedly flavoured the sound of the album. The band returned the favour by asking many of the locals to appear on album closer ‘Outta Town Blues’.

With recording underway in Louisiana, the band took a break from the laid back lifestyle of Lafayette to head up to Chicago to stay with producer Steve Albini. Albini’s track record speaks for itself and the band were naturally excited at the prospect of furthering their musical education and having Albini lend his experience and unique ear to their debut album. Living in his house (which also doubles as his studio), Albini’s maverick methods were a far cry from their long, laid back days recording in Louisiana. Often, Albini would spend a whole day setting up microphones to achieve the perfect sound, and then bring the band in for a one take recording, pushing them hard to achieve that perfect first time performance.

Back on home soil, the album was mixed in North London by Charles “Chicky” Reeves (Radiohead, Bjork, Grace Jones), putting the finishing touches to a debut that is steeped in the influences of where it was recorded. Chicago blues and southern soul inflecting George’s guitar lines, the rhythm section of Billy and Josh channelling the tight groove of The Meters, all layered with Ned’s classic English vocal.

Hangman’s Lament is the first single to be taken from the finished album. Recorded with Steve Albini in Chicago, while maintaining the raw and heavy sounds of the swamps of Lafayette, the single perfectly illustrates the juxtaposition between the bands musical experiences in Illinois and Louisiana. ‘Hangman’s Lament’ is released on 19th July alongside a UK tour in support of Murder By Death. Scoundrels debut album will be released later this year.

Scoundrels are Josh Martens (drums), George Elliot (guitar), Alex ‘Billy’ Hill (bass) and Ned Wyndham (vocals/guitar).

Upcoming live shows:
4 June – The Musician w/Murder By Death – Leicester
5 June – O2 Academy 2 w/Murder By Death – Birmingham
6 June – King Tut’s w/Murder By Death – Glasgow
7 June – Deaf Institute w/Murder By Death – Manchester
8 June – Luminaire w/Murder By Death – London
9 June – O2 Academy 2 w/Murder By Death – Oxford
10 June – Cavern w/Murder By Death – Exeter
11 June – White Rabbit (headline show)- Plymouth
12 June – Barfly w/Murder By Death – Cardiff



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