After a two-year absence Scott and Charlenes Wedding return this year with a series of European dates and a new album Mid Thirties Single Scene, due out 2nd September.
Returning to Melbourne following a year of touring, with stints in New York and London and a trip globe-trotting, three years have passed since Any Port In a Storm brought them to the notice of UK pundits, with anyone from Rocker at Dandelion Radio, to BBC 6 Music extolling the virtues of contrary disaffection laid on us all by Craig Dermody. Now into his thirties he continues to deal with the banalities of everyday life with his straight talking reflections on home life, keeping up the pace and missed opportunities — all encased with his usual contempt.
Dysfunctional and disenchanted, our care-free but knowing protagonist ain’t growing up and doesn’t give a damn what you think about it – Don’t Bother Me is an irresistible pumped up slacker pop anthem, which recalls The Lemonheads at their best.
Delivered plays out as if Pavement had been bowing at the altar of The Velvet Underground instead of The Fall, all tied together with a Bowery rasp as if Richard Hell had grabbed the microphone.
Throwing off the clean indieness of its predecessor this album takes the band back to the early stripped back days of Para Vista Social Club. Discordant guitars and 90s grunge influences on ‘End Of The Story’ evokes the spirit of Nirvana whilst ‘Distracted’ and ‘Hardest Years’ unveils the lower points of travelling and depression and is the only real nod towards Any Port In A Storm’.
Scott and Charlenes Wedding’s Craig Dermody is the voice of a generation, it just so happens to be a generation mired in dead end jobs while smiling into the sunshine as they wonder when someone is going to show up and call the cops on the party again!
Scott and Charlenes Wedding tour dates (so far)
22 Oct: Leeds – Brudenell Social Club, UK
23 Oct: Cardiff – Swn Festival, UK
24 Oct: London – The Waiting Room, UK
25 Oct: Eindhoven – DDW Music, NL
27 Oct: Groningen – Vera Groningen, NL
28 Oct: Utrecht – dB’s, NL
29 Oct: Amsterdam – London Calling Festival, NL
31 Oct: Berlin – Monarch Berlin, DE
13 Nov: Sheffield – Bungalows And Bears, UK
(More to be announced, including we hope dates in our neck of the woods…….)