Organised Scum

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“Art-pop straight out of the left field, the band's oddball tendencies have a deliciously English feel, akin to early Roxy Music or the regal splendour of XTC.”


Organised Scum are one of the UKs most enigmatic new bands, thanks to their near-absence from social media and their sonically-misleading name. Their latest offering, ‘Basic’, fuses a rolling R&B bassline, a la Pino Palladino on D’Angelo’s ‘Send It On’, with the lo-fi indie rock guitar style of Pavement (‘Cut Your Hair’, without the fuzz pedal); what emerges is a chilled out summer tune laced with the lyrically sarcastic social commentary that has become Organised Scum’s constant throughout their shifting musical sound.

Explaining the track’s title and lyrical content, singer and guitarist Tom Duggins said:

“There’s an element of the term 'Basic' as an insult that mocks someone's conformity, their inability to think a bit differently. And yet, thanks to Instagram and Facebook, we live in an age where everyone is more self-conscious than ever, and where behavioural memes that are supposed to celebrate individuality spread and are replicated until they become another marker of the thing they were supposed to be standing apart from. I think it's entertaining how the internet has also facilitated the high-speed transfer of that turning-inside-out of ideas and attitudes.”

Having already found support at Clash, The Line of Best Fit, and from BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq, and with live shows taking them from London to New York, Organised Scum are a fantastic band that most people still know very little about! Their back-catalogue is laced with gems like ‘The Rare Gift of Healing’, and contains amusingly-titled tracks like ‘Consultants of Swing’ and ‘Machine Gun the Breeze’, offering a treasure-trove of shoegaze-influenced Britpop redux.

Organised Scum are Tom Duggins (Vocals, Guitar), Tom Williams (Bass) and Sean Canty (Drums). ‘Basic’ was recorded at Blank Studios, Newcastle and mixed by Luke Elgie (of the band ‘Penguin’) and is being released via Kaleidoscope on 15th June. The track is available to pre-order and/or pre-save on all major digital platforms. For updates and the relevant links to your favourite streaming or download service, visit organisedscum.co.uk.

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