Release Date: Sep 2, 2016
Record label: Fire Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Noise Pop
Named after one of the most famous and most-watched events in soap opera history – from Neighbours, in case you’d forgotten – Australian garage-rock four-piece Scott & Charlene’s Wedding recently returned to their native Melbourne after a year of touring and living in New York and London. Such adventures could have easily provided inspiration for this new full-length – their first in three years – but mainman Craig Dermody has instead continued to focus his songwriting on the beauty and the struggle of everyday life. Yet as much as the likes of Scrambled Eggs ruminates, with incisive humour, on the mundanity of routine, there’s also a wonderful sense of escapism in the fizzy, fuzzy, messy glory of Bush.
Mid Thirties Single Scene is the first full-length by Scott and Charlene's Wedding since the shambling indie pop band left New York City and eventually returned to their native Australia. As such, leader Craig Dermody is no longer singing about working at star-studded hipster bars or stumbling around Manhattan wondering what he's even doing there. The influence of New York rock & roll will never leave the band's music, however; if anything, they sound more like the Velvet Underground and Television now than ever before.
Having convincingly refocused his songwriting skills on the surprisingly fulfilling Delivered EP earlier this summer, Melbourne’s Craig Dermody returns again already leading his empathetic troupe on the first Scott & Charlene’s Wedding long-player album since 2013’s somewhat inconsistent Any Port In A Storm. Pleasingly, Dermody seems to have finally found a way to syphon the best of his baggy charm into a substantial album-sized portion. Whilst it would be slightly wrong to assume that he’s belatedly matured, Mid Thirties Single Scene does at least loosely broach and muse upon the concept on growing into thirtysomething life, with some idiosyncratic appeal.