Comprised of Caroline Partanian (guitar, vocals), Courtney Gray (guitar, vocals) and Lauren Stern (bass, vocals), Brooklyn-based indie rock trio Scully can actually trace their origins to when the trio were three-quarters of the Oakland, CA-based punk band The Splinters. When that band split up, Partanian, Gray and Stern all individually relocated to New York and reunited in Brooklyn with the idea of writing, recording and playing together for the first time since 2011. Interestingly, with the release of a split cassette with Las Rosas and a 7 inch split single with La Luz, the trio developed a reputation for a sound that bridges the gap between ethereal shoegaze and gritty grunge and RIOT GRRL.
Engineered by Ben Greenberg and mastered by A Place to Bury Strangers‘ and Death by Audio founder Oliver Ackerman, the Brooklyn-based trio’s latest effort No Sense reveals a band that has expanded upon their sound — bridging Riot GRRL, grunge and indie rock; in fact, the EP’s latest single, EP title track “No Sense” may be breezy but just underneath there’s a dirt, scumminess, discomfort and unease under the placid surface. It subtly evokes the sensation being trapped in a packed train car without air conditioning, the rank smell of baking garbage in the summer sun, of getting pushed and shoved to and fro without any control and so on.
The recently released and menacing music video was self-produced and directed by the band and features the band’s members broodingly sitting on the sort of wicker chair almost every black grandmother would have had in her house from about 1978-1986 or so. (How do I know this? My maternal grandmother had a chair exactly like it!) It’s split with footage of the band intently playing and performing the song and a series of sequences that suggest that a murder has taken place — or will be taking place.
The band is making some tour dates, including a set later tonight at Alphaville and an October 27 set at Cake Shop. Check out the tour dates below.
9.30.16- Brooklyn, NY- EP Release show at Alphaville
10.27- New York, NY- Cake Shop- w Brasil (Oakland) + Pale Joyride (Brooklyn), (Greenway 7″ Release Party)
11.8.16 – San Diego, CA – The Hideout
11.11.16 – Las Vegas, NV – The Griffin
11.12.16 – Oakland, CA – The Night Light
11.13.16 – Portland, OR – The Liquor Store
11.17.16 – San Francisco, CA – Make Out Room