Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Para Vista Social Club – Vinyl


Heartbreak, working shitty jobs to survive and the loneliness of public transport in a city, Craig Dermody knows no other way than heart-on-sleeve. Hailing from Australia but now living in New York, Dermody’s debut album under the moniker Scott and Charlene’s Wedding is due for release on Critical Heights in November. ‘Para Vista Social Club’ (named for the Adelaide suburb in which Dermody grew up) is an off-the-cuff collection of real-life woes, each song spilling out like a soused diary entry. The album is sludgy, hypnotic and true, blending the psychedelic swagger of the Velvet Underground by way of Spacemen 3 with the underlying pop sensibility of the Go Betweens. Originally pressed up to just 200 copies with each sleeve painted by Dermody himself, these have now long since sold out, however the album will be given a worldwide release by Critical Heights. Released with deluxe packaging featuring 38 of the different album covers, you can feel free to interchange to your favourite. The songs on Para Vista Social Club are long, knotty jams, often digging into a single idea and not looking up for the next few minutes with Dermodys voice ranging from a rough moan on Born To Lose and speech-like drawl on Every Detail to a bummed flatness on Foreign Lands and a surprisingly clean presence on the poppy Wiseman At The Station. Footscray Station is the albums breakout track, a shuddering feat of shaggy-dog jangle and perfectly bruised lyrics – with a fantastic video featuring Dermody in a fetching tracksuit! This will be released as the first single on 15th October. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding effortlessly sprawl across the generations linking the vintage swagger of the Velvets to the off kilter pop perfection of the Only Ones by way of the Stooges and Television, like no-one before them. Footscray Station by Scott & Charlene’s Wedding from Craig Dermody on Vimeo

Footscray Station by Scott & Charlene’s Wedding from Craig Dermody on Vimeo.

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