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By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 18th January 2012 at 9:00 am
S.C.U.M have announced a short tour of England for the second half of February. These dates follow European and Japanese dates.
Tickets are on sale now.
Tuesday 21st February 2012 – Brighton Green Door
Thursday 23nd February 2012 – Bristol Lanes
Friday 24th February 2012 – London Bush Hall (NME Awards show)
Saturday 25th February 2012 – Coventry Kasbah
Monday 27th February 2012 – York Stereo
Tuesday 28th February 2012 – Sheffield Harley
Wednesday 29th February 2012 – Liverpool Shipping Forecast
By CoCo Wong
on Wednesday, 16th November 2011 at 6:00 pm
Following the band’s dark and mysterious style, S.C.U.M’s new video for track ‘Faith Unfolds’ features members of the band playing their own instrument under different coloured lighting in a pitch black background. As the song’s name would suggest, the track explores ‘faith’. The play of colours contrasts a beam of mellow, yellow light which seems symbolic of this ‘faith’. Watch the video directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard below.
The single for ‘Faith Unfolds’ will be released on 2 January 2012 on Mute.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 1st September 2011 at 12:00 pm
There’s a lot of hype surrounding S.C.U.M at the moment. Their debut album on Mute Records will be released on 12 September and they’ve released the promo video for ‘Whitechapel’, the second single from the album (this release will follow 2 weeks later, on 26 September). The 12″ single will come backed with exclusive track ‘Blindness’ and both the vinyl and download feature the Carter Tutti (Throbbing Gristle / Chris and Cosey) remix of the single track.
Make no mistake, ‘Whitechapel’ is aesthetically pleasing and ticks all the mainstream boxes. It’s expansive in his psych-rockness, and the echoes enhance Thomas Cohen’s vocals. The trippy video, directed by ‘transformative’ artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster, comes out more pretentious than I’m sure it was meant to be; the bare bones installation brings the music more front and centre, which is probably the look they were going for.
If you like the less garage, more shoegazey, more emo bits of the Horrors, you’ll absolutely adore this. My main issue is that there’s something vaguely unsatisfying about this song: that it’s been done before.
The ‘Whitechapel’ single will be released on both 12″ and digital download on 26 September on Mute. Download the Light Asylum remix of the single on this previous MP3 of the Day post. Read Coco’s interview with Cohen at Field Day here. Catch the band on the Emerge NME Radar Tour this October.
By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 31st August 2011 at 9:00 am
The Emerge NME Radar Tour in October will see two great bands – Max McElligott and his Wolf Gang (pictured above) and S.C.U.M – play gigs across the UK. Support will come from Stockholm duo Niki and the Dove (2-12 October) and Brisbane, Australia thrashpoppers DZ Deathrays (13-18 October). Tickets are available now.
Sunday 2nd October 2011 – Exeter Phoenix (with Niki and the Dove)
Monday 3rd October 2011 – Bristol Thekla (with Niki and the Dove)
Tuesday 4th October 2011 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (with Niki and the Dove)
Wednesday 5th October 2011 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms (with Niki and the Dove)
Friday 7th October 2011 – Birmingham O2 Academy (with Niki and the Dove)
Saturday 8th October 2011 – Manchester Club Academy (with Niki and the Dove)
Sunday 9th October 2011 – Newcastle O2 Academy 2 (with Niki and the Dove)
Monday 10th October 2011 – Glasgow King Tuts (with Niki and the Dove)
Wednesday 12th October 2011 – Leeds Cockpit (with Niki and the Dove)
Thursday 13th October 2011 – Norwich Waterfront (with DZ Deathrays)
Friday 14th October 2011 – Oxford O2 Academy 2 (with DZ Deathrays)
Sunday 16th October 2011 – Stoke Sugarmill (with DZ Deathrays)
Monday 17th October 2011 – Brighton Concorde 2 (with DZ Deathrays)
Tuesday 18th October 2011 – London Koko (with DZ Deathrays)
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 30th August 2011 at 10:00 am
S.C.U.M‘s debut album, ‘Again Into Eyes’, will drop in 2 weeks (12 September) on Mute Records. While you’re waiting, enjoy this remix of S.C.U.M’s ‘Whitechapel’ by New York City’s underground act Light Asylum, where post-punk morphs into straight up dance. Listen to the remix and download it below.
By CoCo Wong
on Monday, 22nd August 2011 at 12:00 pm
After S.C.U.M’s top notch performance at this year’s Field Day, I spoke briefly with singer Tom about their upcoming debut album and also the concept behind their single, ‘Amber Hands’.
Hello! First, I’d like to know about the choice of your band name – S.C.U.M. I know it stands for ‘Society For Cutting Up Men’. Having said so, you only have one female member, so why did you pick this name?
I think it was important to have a name that was not only a name but was also a visual and verbal statement; I wanted it to be almost as strong as the music. Visually it is quite a strong name, and we took the decision to leave one full stop off the end of the name just to make the name more symmetrical and enable the word to become an image. Although there are connotations to the name there is an underlying sense of humour.
I do think it has a very strong visual effect. And your debut album, ‘Again Into Eyes’, is out very soon. Can you tell us more about it?
The album was recorded in August 2010 in an isolated farm in the English countryside. The album consists of 10 tracks. Although the farm was secluded, it was 10 minutes from an army airbase that test flew Chinook helicopters so there was a constant presence. We were able to immerse ourselves in the month we spent recording and ‘Again Into Eyes’ is the outcome.
I really like the cover art and video for ‘Amber Hands’. They both seem really abstract, could you elaborate on the concept behind it?
‘Amber Hands’ was done with artist Matthew Stone I feel his own words explain it best, ‘Churning bodies dissect rhythmic windows that open onto varied states of concentrated being. A collage of limbs and interconnected consciousness, involving and depicting transcendental states, meditations and ecstatic dance, spin into contemporary motion. The body is shown and used to free the viewer from their own. Stone’s work revolves specifically around creative interactions and community, based on the idea that individual autonomy can be successfully combined with the power of collectivity.’
Many thanks to Sheryl for helping us set this up.