Some songs quietly lend themselves to the description ‘radio friendly.’ Others, like this little effort from Leeds band SCAMS, prostrate themselves in front of the wireless and cry out “Take me! Take me!”
Lead track of the four is ‘Lost For Words,’ (see the following video) but in truth it could quite as easily be any of the others. As far as commercial indie releases go, this is a pretty damn strong EP.
‘The Gunfighter (1950)’ is apparently based on the Gregory Peck movie, though I have to say I’m not too sure how that’s worked out. It features some off kilter drumbeats and that kind of high-pitched guitar sound that was inspired from tribal African music and made popular first by Paul Simon on his ‘Graceland’ album and latterly by the likes of Vampire Weekend.
‘Lions And Tigers And Bears’ has more of a direct, indie rock base with a growling bass-line and catchy, melodic chorus. Final track, ‘Making Maps From Memory’ is probably my favourite of the four. There’s a real bouncy feel to this one, which again heads off down the Vampire Weekend route, but with a bit more balls!
(Released through Devil Duck Records on 18th May 2011)