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Scott And Charlene’s Wedding Marries Fuzz Pop And Complaining

Scott And Charlene’s Wedding Marries Fuzz Pop And Complaining
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This isn't that kind of wedding band

By Beverly Bryan
November 20, 2012

Name: Scott And Charlene’s Wedding

Where They’re from: Adelaide, Australia

When They started: 2010

Genre: Fuzzy pop/poppy fuzz

Most Similar: Circle Pit, Times New Viking

Sounds Like: All this guy’s friends moved away, except for his guitar

Named after one unforgettable moment (featuring Kylie Minogue) from the long running Australian TV show Neighbours, Scott and Charlene’s Wedding was formed by Adelaide musician and artist Craig Dermody for a performance at a friend’s birthday party. Things could have stopped there but they didn’t. (It must have been a good party.) In fact, the band became quite a thing and the first run of its debut album Para Vista Social Club with the weird hand-painted album covers sold-out a long time ago.

At this point, Dermody has left his previous bands Divorce and Spider Vomit behind, assembled a new line-up for Scott And Charlene’s Wedding in his new home in New York City and is re-releasing Para Vista Social Club on London indie label Critical Heights next week.

Things are going pretty good for a boy and his project, but the album is kind of a downer. There’s a lot of near-tuneless bellyaching about crappy jobs and things not really working out with girls. It wallows in rugged guitar jangle and warm nostalgic fuzz. And it’s great, especially when it’s funny, which it often is. Plus it has a lot of heart, even if it comes with a terrible attitude. ”Footscray Station,” is a particularly legit example. It’s about being inspired by a dauntless friend to keep fighting the good fight. Put it on next time you’ve had a few and feel like singing along to something while awkwardly waving your fist in the air.

Scott and Charlene’s Wedding isn’t just rough around the edges. It’s all rough edges. But there’s something deceptive about that. “Wiseman at the Station” and other songs are good vignettes in the Velvet Underground tradition. “Back in Town” is a surprising post-punk come-on in a minor key. Keep an eye on S&CW. This piss-taking malcontent might just amount to something someday.

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