Scrounge: Leaking Drains

South London duo, Scrounge, have been building a solid reputation since their beginnings in 2018. The band's newest offering and their first release since their well received previous EP, Ideal, from 2019, is Leaking Drains, an immediate post punk piece which sounds all nervy, agitated and punchy; plus up to par with the current wave of British post punk excellence, and bands like Idles, Shame, The Murder Capital and the like.

This track is designed to be short and sharp, both lyrically and instrumentally,” the band explain about their new minute and a half-long single. “Living standards and life expectancy have dramatically dropped for the majority of ordinary people in the UK over the last generation or so, and it often feels like we’re at once completely weightless and under extreme pressure – a little like being deep underwater.

The demonization and punching-down that constitutes most of the mainstream discourse around debt, housing, poverty and precarity in this country only compounds the issue. The anger and absurdity of a track like Leaking Drains is driven by this stuff.

Scrounge are guitarist Lucy and drummer Luke, and they will be appearing at SXSW online showcase in March 2021. Leaking Drains is out through Fierce Panda.


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