SACW, as they write about themselves, is from Melbourne, Victoria in Australia. Mid Thirties Singles Scene is the band's third full length album, my first. So there's nothing to compare this album to, SACW internal of course. There is one name that pops up the whole album long: The Velvet Underground. There's just no escaping the band it seems. The way the guitar is played, the chord progressions, the way of singing, it's all there. It is that more uptempo part of the band exclusively. In SACW John Cale is not in sight, and then 'Delivered' starts, I give you that. Neither are the ballads, yes, 'Forever And A Day', but this is like an afterthought at the end of the album. It's the 'I'm Waiting For My Man', 'Beginning To See The Light' and 'What Goes On' side of The Velvet Underground that is recreated here.
Mid Thirties Singles Scene starts with 'Maureen'. The song is a hybrid of VU intent and a punk chorus of just 'Mau-mau-mau-Maureen". Bitten off, chewed upon and spat out, the delivery is so hostile, confrontational. Fountains of Wayne does the same trick with the same name but the end result can't be more different. It does set the (mid thirties) scene. As long as the listener doesn't expect any consolation from this music, he may be alright. At least for a while.
The elemental instrumentation delivers the exact right background for the sneering delivery of the lyrics. Drums, a strong, often melodic, bass, a dry sounding rhythm guitar keeping time with an accent here and there and finally a lead guitar, dirty like a polluted, muddy river. The four instruments are well-balanced in the mix, so that each player has a part to play in Scott & Charlene's Wedding that is attributable within an instant. It's possible that an organ enters the mix, but not in a confrontational way.
Scott & Charlene's Wedding have taken the attitude of 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' and combined it with the melodic power of 'Loaded'. It created its own set of songs and surprised the world in 2016 that the power of this kind of music is still intact after all these years. Certainly not for everyone, but definitely for those who like some nice, barely controlled rock and roll of an alternative, 60s nature with a punky attitude thrown in for good measure.
You can listen to and buy Mid Thirties Singles Scene here: