If you’ve not yet had the pleasure of acquainting yourself with South East London’s Scrounge, consider this your introduction.
After meeting at Goldsmiths, Lucy and Luke have been swiftly climbing the echelons of the capital’s DIY arts scene, honing their very own genre-bending variety of explosive post-punk.
Before the duo bring their raw and electrifying sounds to Hidden Herd Presents at The Finsbury on Friday 15th November, we caught up with them to get some more background.
How would you describe Scrounge to a stranger?
“Scrounge is a two-piece, noisy post-punk band from South East London.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“We’re very lucky to both have a very diverse taste in music. Guitar-wise, Lucy is inspired by Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein and Warpaint’s Theresa Wayman. On drums, Luke draws upon a great deal of electronic music – particularly jungle, techno and footwork – as well as more straightforward punk and post-punk touchstones (Stephen Morris, Jaki Liebezeit).”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“We just hosted an all-day event at Sister Midnight Records in Deptford to support the release of our latest single ‘Badoom’. We felt really lucky to have loads of our incredible mates – like Italia 90 and Great Dad – as well as us playing to a packed, sweaty room.”
You’re based in London – what’s your local music scene like?
“We’re based in South East London and there’s a thriving DIY scene which we’re proud to be a part of. There’s plenty of great musicians – Jemma Freeman, Ailsa Tully, Great Dad, Hussy, Italia 90, Talk Show, Rutger Hauser – running around, as well as tons of other artists and creative people across disciplines. We’re lucky to have some amazing venues as well and Sister Midnight holds a very special place in our hearts.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“We’re currently listening to Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something’s new album ‘Oh Really, What’s That Then?’, Italia 90 and Talk Show.”
And finally, what does the future hold for Scrounge?
“We just released our debut EP ‘Ideal’ on 18th October and we’ll be seeing the year out with a string of shows around London.”