Review: Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Two Weeks EP
Published on March 4th, 2013 | Jonny Abrams
Don’t dismiss Melbourne songsmith Craig Dermody on account of his Neighbours-referencing pseudonym: his new EP Two Weeks is a splendid mini-supplement of bitter-sweet, lo-fi jangle-pop with Stone Roses-y lead guitar, one which conceals about its seemingly sunnily-disposed person a disarming way with confessional lyrics such as “I’m old-fashioned just like my dad / I’m awkward on video chat / And I drink during the day when I’m depressed”.
“Lately all I wanna do is stay in / With my woman that I’ve only known for two weeks” attests Dermody on bounding sludge-rocker “I Wanna Die”, a somewhat bi-polar juxtaposition of title and lyrical content that thankfully resolves itself in, well, resolve on the benevolent spot of sunlight on the wall that is “My World” – witness, for instance, “My sister say it’s in our genes / We’ll always have to deal with it / I wanna get it out of my head… I don’t want to feel crazy any more”, “I ain’t gonna let it fuck my whole life, ’cause I want it back” and “Looking down the family tree / We always struggle dealing with things / It doesn’t have to be that way”.
Proceedings do get more lighthearted: “Gammy Leg” is the cheerful tale of an injury sustained at work, while “Hazy Morning” ropes in some psychedelic dissonance that results in the highlight of the EP, and overall Two Weeks is a nifty showcase of a songwriter capable of snaring your attention on more than one emotional level. That might not sound much, but it puts him ahead of far more of his contemporaries than Rocksucker would care to mention.
Rocksucker says: Three Quails out of Five!
Two Weeks EP will be released on 11th March by Critical Heights. For more information, please click here