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London three-piece Organised Scum release their first single of 2018, Unborn Cars, a wonky, understated tune recalling the quirks and buoyant production of ‘80s art-pop. Think XTC, Sparks or Split Enzs hackled by the modern-age’s pressures and trappings and you’re on the way to imagining the Organised Scum sound.
The title of this latest single, as well as being part of a long lineage of sharp-witted song names (‘Consultants of Swing’, ‘Baby, You’re An Actant’ and ‘Who’s the Prick?’to name just three) is a reference to Werner Herzog’s documentary about the internet (Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World). In this film a GoogleX employee makes reference to ‘unborn cars’of the future, a turn of phrase that bemused vocalist Tom Duggins. This moment of forgetting that cars are manufactured rather than ‘born’is taken to draw parallels with the way our society has also been covertly constructed;“if you dare to ask who created our social world,then you're in the territory of being told that cars are born, and that our society is a natural outcome of forces beyond our control” says Duggins.
Parallel to this there is a sweeter undertone: “I also wrote this track thinking of my niece - who'd just turned two at the time. She was starting to talk properly and the phrase 'we can understand what you're saying' was going through my head. I realised how incredible even the simplest acts of communication are, and how we take this stuff for granted, especially nowadays when we're in constant contact with everyone and everything.”
Releasing their debut EP in late 2016, Organised Scum were soon receiving support in the UK from key tastemaker media - with the likes of NME, Drowned in Sound,The Line of Best Fit and BBC 6Music all getting on board with their wry, jazzy-pop stylings.
As well as routinely gigging throughout the UK, the band were invited to play at the inaugural Mondo NYC 2016 industry conference in New York, for which they were highly praised for their performance.
Organised Scum were formed by Tom Duggins (Vocals, Guitar) and Sean Canty (Drums) while both studying at Corpus Christi College, with Tom Williams joining the band in 2017 as their permanent Bassist.
Unborn Cars was produced by John Martindale at Blank Studios and is being self-released on March 9th, with further singles to follow.