- by Rob Taylor Rating:7 Release Date:2016-09-09 Label: Fire Records
Scott and Charlene’s Wedding’s trademark desultory indie carries a lot of charm. The off-kilter, somewhat dishevelled compositions sit pretty well alongside Craig Dermody’s droll satire on growing up. Far from being derivative of bands such as Yo La Tengo, Sebadoh and Pavement, the sounds and the lyrics coalesce in a way that makes you think the music found Craig Dermody, rather than him finding the inspiration. Of course, the 90's slacker indie movement is an influence, but there are no fawning references.
Mid Thirties Single Scene is kind of like music’s answer to Arrested Development. There’s bitterness lurking just beneath the surface, but you can’t help but laugh at the foibles of the central players. It's easy to map out someone’s self-fulfilled prophesy when they repeat the same lines, make the same mistakes. On ‘It Don’t Bother Me’ Dermody runs a list of the central character’s personal inadequacies, but perpetuates his sullenness with a complacent cast-off of all his problems. They don’t matter he says. On ‘Scrambled Eggs’ his individual worth is only estimated when he is with the person he thinks he loves, and only then the scene is brighter, and the otherwise banal prospect of cooking scrambled eggs becomes a feast befitting his newly found contentment.
On Mid Thirties Single Scene, even though the mood is enervated, the music is energised. De-tuned guitars playing rickety lines with hooks that carry clout. Epic slacker anthems such as ‘Bush’ are sprinkled with random guitar distortions, episodic but cogent, fun rather than ornery. It's the music that really carries the message.