Jay Draper & The Subterraneans – Scatterbrain – Audio

The Canadian electro-rock project Jay Draper & The Subterraneans released the AA side single Belly Of The Beast / Scatterbrain on the 5th.

Jay Draper & The Subterraneans - photo by Tyrone Islington

Jay Draper & The Subterraneans – photo by Tyrone Islington

Those of longer stay may recall the name Jay Draper from the band The Scarlet Fever, introduced in 2015. The other main collaborator on the project being Justin Minister from the band Amy’s Arms.

Whilst the single (available on bandcamp) is of similar style to their other projects, being combinations of natural instrumentation and synthesis, the music, perhaps unexpectedly given that the other environments being of gothic architecture, brings a slightly different soundtrack to the table.

My selection being Scatterbrain.

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The Scarlet Fever

The Scarlet Fever an electro-rock band from Toronto in Canada comprises Jay Draper (Vocals), Rob Peets (Guitar), Bradburn Williams (Keyboards), Brad Pope (Bass) and Chris Woodacre (Drums).

The Scarlet Fever - Photo by Jerimie Graham

The Scarlet Fever – Photo by Jerimie Graham

The Scarlet Fever underlay their sounds with a brooding presence giving the audience the sense this is best served in a mist shrouded cemetery. The quintet is able to balance along the precipice of pure theatrical showtime and serious material as they provide the ears with expansive palettes of  flamboyance, whilst tethering the compositions in considered resonance.

Swooping guitars travel across the stage akin to a trapeze artist, whilst the vocal acts as compère. To which a fluidity of sensuous synth affords the sounds layers of exploration as the bass firmly anchors the compositions to earthy texture.

The Scarlet Fever have not taken the easy route as their tracks are one of Marmite. Easy to dismiss as crass plastic playthings, or to take to heart as considered challenging constructs.

Evidently, as I have asked you to take the time out of your day to take time to consider the quintet I am one of those who likes Marmite and I hope you do too. Allow that savoury taste to develop in your ears and you will find much to enjoy.

If you are not in England you may be thinking – what is this with ‘Marmite’? A quick internet search will find the answer for you, though it won’t necessarily explain the context of ‘like it or hate it’.


Collider – The Scarlet Fever is available on iTunes.*

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