Interview: Scott & Charlene’s Wedding
Published on February 18th, 2013 | Jonny Abrams
Melbourne singer/songwriter Craig Dermody is gearing up for the European and US release of his band’s Two Weeks EP, a bang-up consignment of lo-fi jangle-pop to be issued under their Scott & Charlene’s Wedding moniker (it’s a retro Neighbours reference, in case you don’t know), so Rocksucker fired him over some questions in the hope of finding out a little bit more about him…
Congratulations on the new EP. Will it be followed by an album, and if so will the EP tracks be on it?
Thank you! Yes, we’re recording a record mid Feb. Only one song will be from the EP on the record, “Gammy Leg”.
Your lyrics seem very personal. Are you ever wary of revealing ‘too much’, or do you see it as your artistic duty not to hold back?
I’m constantly worried about revealing too much but I just put that aside because I believe in not holding back and singing from the heart more than I worry putting myself in the open too much.
Why did you decide to name yourself after an erstwhile television soap event?
In Australia, Neighbours is a very blue-collar suburban staple. I see my music as being pretty blue-collar suburban and I wanted the band name to be very Australian. Also my mum used to watch that show religiously so it reminds me of being a kid. I actually don’t like the name that much anymore though because it’s too long!!
Who did the cover art, and what is that red monster thing?
I do all the art work for us, the red monster guy is character I use a lot. He’s a deprived creature hypnotised by girls. You’ll see him again.
The EP is being released in Europe and the US by Fire Records. How did you come to their attention?
I think it had something to do with a friend passing us along to them and they listened to our Bandcamp page. Worked out well!
Do you know yet which festivals you might be playing this summer?
Nope!! Hopefully a few come up.
Have you given any thought yet to your next project? If so, what can you tell us about it at this stage?
I really only have one thing on my mind at the moment and thats finishing this current record and touring. I’m super keen to get back into painting and visual art again so hopefully that will all start up again.
Which were your albums of 2012? Are there any that you’re particularly looking forward to in 2013?
The Babies and Woods were records were super amazing last year. I also loved the Lower Plenty record from back home too. In 2013 the band to look for is Peak Twins! They are from Melbourne and have just finished recording, I think it’s going to be a super record.
Finally, if you had to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, with the entire works of just five different artists (musical or otherwise) for company, whose would you choose?
Ha ha, well umm Dead Moon, Velvet Underground, David Lynch, The Clean and a Michael Jordan Box Set (does he count as an artist?).
We’ll let you have that. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, thank you.
Two Weeks EP will be released on 11th March by Critical Heights. For more information, please click here