DR SCARDO- Dark dog days

Dr Scardo are a four piece who bask in an early to mid-90’s ambience. Sigh. Self-proclaimed alt-rock for adults with an edgy undertone, their style is best demonstrated in the opening track ‘Leave us alone’, almost an anthem for the forgotten generation who are all still on the dole, perhaps a statement that nothing really has changed in the past thirty years, including music (well, theirs hasn’t). This concept would be far cleverer than it actually is though (I think). Because the songs on ‘Dark Dog days’ merged into one, the strongest influences apparently Margaret Thatcher’s Britain and the downtrodden working class, despite Dr Scardo sounding hopelessly middle class themselves. Don’t ask me how, they just do. And they probably are. Regardless, the brainchild of experienced Brighton-based producer, Simon Scardanelli, the eighties are the era he developed in and it shows here.


Guitar driven political cabaret is an apt description of tracks like ‘A Dark Horse Damned’, whereas a more poppy theme is seen on songs like ‘Wild flowers’, political in the sense that Bono and Chris Martin are political, in a belting and rather hypocritical way, making otherwise listenable really quite meaningless for the poor lyrical content. There are attempts at classic songwriting there, from Talking Heads, perhaps even to U2, but Dr Scardo’s forced storytelling over David Bowie- inspired riffs meant that I couldn’t wait for this album to come to an end. Yes, Simon is certainly better off making other people sound good instead of trying to do it himself.

Released May, 2013


Anna C