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Scott & Charlene's Wedding - Para Vista Social Club lp (BSR)



"It’s an off-the-cuff collection of real-life woes, each song spilling out like a soused diary entry…a hell of a lot more than 200 people ought to hear this record. It’s sludgy and hypnotic and true; an undisguised catalogue of the licks we take in our youth."

– Doug Wallen, Mess + Noise

In case you don’t recognise Craig Dermody from his roles in bands like Lindsey Low Hand and Spider Vomit, maybe you know some of the guys he recruited to back his solo project Scott & Charlene’s Wedding: guitarist Luke Horton (Love of Diagrams), bassist Jarrod Quarrel (St Helens, Lost Animal) and drummer Dion Nania (Panel of Judges). That’s an impressive cross-section of Melbourne musicians right there, and it’s all the more interesting for being in the service of Dermody’s rambling, shambling grunge confessionals, which are as loveable and heartening as they are jagged and melancholy.

Named for the Australian TV event of a generation, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding has its origins in a guitar loaned to Dermody by his Spider Vomit bandmate Gill Tucker, also of Beaches and Dirtbag. Writing songs directly as events unfolded in his personal life, Dermody wound up with Melbourne-specific tales like the raggedly tuneful ‘Footscray Station’ and the casually gripping ‘Epping Line’. A nod to the Adelaide suburb of his childhood, he’s named the first Scott & Charlene’s album Para Vista Social Club. It was recorded by Melbourne mainstay Jack Farley in a Northcote warehouse with everyone playing live and Dermody’s voice sounding as unrehearsed as anyone’s you’ve heard.

by Doug Wallen

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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 07 April, 2012.

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