Authentic, rootsy, bluegrass and swing. Previously known as The Scrimshaw Four, The Scrims are a high-energy folk-bluegrass band, sometimes dubbed gypsy doof with stomp-box, violin, guitars, banjo and double bass keeping you on your feet for their entire set. They made a name for themselves locally when they took out the 2015 Battle of the Buskers and returned to Buskers by the Creek as one of the headliners. Part of their Battle of the Buskers prize was a recording package with Lovestreet studios. They’re just to release that debut album titled Sing To Me Sweet Sunny One. So we figured it was time to see what they’ve been up to.
You won the battle of the buskers in 2015, tell me what impact that had on you guys?
We came up to the Gold Coast from Melbourne and we were met with such a warm reception! It was amazing to be a part of the Buskers by the Creek festival and we couldn’t believe it when we won the Battle of the Buskers. It was a huge leg up for an up and coming band like us to receive the prize, and gave us a lot momentum to progress further with our music.
You recorded this album, your debut full-length release with Scott French at Lovestreet Studios. What was it like working with Scotty?
Scotty was a delight to work with, he has a beautiful little studio and really guided us well on the production of the songs. He is very laid back and relaxed but also has strong ideas about making our music come together better in the studio. We had many laughs with Scotty and got to create some fun and exciting music with him.
You formed as a busking band. Was it hard to make the transition into a studio? How do you capture that bombastic pace and rollicking attitude in a studio?
The studio environment is very different from playing live out on the street, when we went into the studio we tracked everything live in the same room, so we just kept doing takes until we had one we were happy with. The only parts we layered afterwards were the vocals to make sure we got a good performance in each song. It was a fine line between playing carefully and playing with a good energy to keep our upbeat fun style.
Will you be touring it? If so, when will we see you pass through the Gold Coast again?
Plans to tour will come later this year as the weather gets warmer! Us Scrims like to hibernate in the winter time so we will be back up around September-October. We love coming up north, writing music, swimming and camping so we will definitely be back for Buskers by the Creek, along with some of our own shows around the beaches of the Gold Coast! Look out!
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The Scrims debut album Sing To Me Sweet Sunny one is out 7 April and available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.