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From the increasingly rare honesty in performance through to its consistent reflection in each song, this is pop music without bullshit and without boundaries; more about heartfelt harmonies and searing melodies that carry openly sincere words.
Whether playing to expectant audiences in their adopted hometown of Leeds, or showcasing everywhere from Europe to the US, Scams are rapidly establishing a reputation as the genuine purveyors of a unique sound and a dynamic and infectious live act.
From the increasingly rare honesty in performance through to its consistent reflection in each album track, this is pop music without bullshit and without boundaries; more about heartfelt harmonies and searing melodies that carry openly sincere words.
Now residing in their adopted hometown of Leeds, SCAMS have emerged from the four very different music scenes that surrounded Chester, Ayr, Yetminster and Basingstoke where Andy, Jamie, Josh and Chris were raised.? ?Frontman Andy Morgan takes inspiration anywhere from early soul to modern dance; Michael Jackson to Four Tet; Marvin Gaye to Underworld. Second guitars come from quietly cool Jamie Macneal. Raised in Ayr on Radiohead, The Cure and The Smiths, Jamie’s seemingly effortless musicianship adds another angle to these influences. Bassist Josh Hart the ‘country boy’ also dances across the genres, influenced by artists like System Of A Down, The Mars Volta, Bombay Bicycle Club and Stevie Wonder. Basingstoke born Chris Burgess is the complete percussionist who offers up technical prowess and pop sensibilities. Having been fed a diet of Rush and Fleetwood Mac by his Father, he draws influence from drummers Neil Peart, Dave Weckl and Dennis Chambers as well as artists Biffy Clyro, Bon Iver and 30 Seconds To Mars.
The journey spans years and gigs, including supports in Germany and the UK for New Politics, Sick Puppies, Frankie & The Heartstrings, The Enemy, The Noisettes and White Rabbits. In the summer of 2012 SCAMS opened the new band stage at Hard Rock Calling in London which led directly to them being booked to open the main stages at Victoria Park and Hyde Park during the BT London Live Olympic music programme.
The band and have completed all recording for the second album ‘Add and Subtract’ due for release in October 2012. Once again they recorded analogue to tape with producer Johann Scheerer at Clouds Hill, Hamburg and the album was mixed by Matt Wignall at his home in Long Beach, California.
As hardworking as any stereotype of ‘the classic British band’, rock may not be their pigeonhole, but it’s a big part of their attitude.