We're very happy to announce that 80s-preoccupied shoegazers S.C.U.M will be playing at the Harley on Tue 28th Feb. As well making ace, super-stylised synthgaze, the band features the brain behind the revolutionary Underage Festival and son of Add N To X's Barry Smith (Samuel Kilcoyne) and the brother of a Horror (Huw Webb).
When Thomas Cohen (vocal), Bradley Baker (machines), Melissa Rigby (drums), Huw Webb
(bass) and Samuel Kilcoyne (Moog) formed the Society for Cutting Up Men in 2008, they whipped their undisciplined, amp-blowing sound into a bass-driven electronic No Wave, engulfed live by acid-test smoke and lights.
As the musical landscape around them shifted, though, the five-piece consolidated. They learned how to play their instruments, got snapped-up as the first signing of a newly re-independent Mute and set about writing their debut album. ‘If you were to listen to our releases up to this point, they form a complete document of how we’ve developed,’ Bradley Baker reflects.
He’s not wrong. Predating the release single ‘Amber Hands’, the first from Again Into Eyes, was their debut on Loog: the instantly sold-out ‘Visions Arise’, a memory of a more detuned and spectral phase produced by Tom Furse. Also in the back-catalogue: the unique Signal series. ‘The beautiful thing about how that came about was that it was completely by accident,’ says Kilcoyne. ‘It just happened when we were away,’ adds Webb, ‘We booked some gigs in Poland and we had a day off so we went into a studio and we made this noise. Tom played drums, everything switched round.’
Soon, the band hit pre-production boot camp with legendary drummer and producer Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Teenage Jesus, Sonic Youth, Grinderman).
Then followed the writing and recording of the debut album. In ‘the middle of nowhere’, as they put it, they paired-up with producers Ken and Jolyon Thomas (whose credits individually and together include Sigur Ros, M83, David Bowie, Psychic TV). The five’s listening habits in psychedelia, space-rock, avant-garde and ambient soundtracks collide to form a pop trip that neatly balances the innovative with what is rapturously danceable.
Tickets: £4.50 members, £5.00 non-members, MOTD
Or from The Harley, The Wick, Record Collector, HMV Fargate, HMV Meadowhall, The Old Sweet Shop, Kuji and Rocky Horrors