Decades: 1990s


One of the most exciting new live acts on the London scene of the mid-90s, Scarfo are led by Jamie Hince (vocals, guitar), a Goldsmiths College drama graduate and a man possessed of extraordinary self-belief and steely convictions: ‘The thing people should realise is that music is life-threateningly important. People should want to take a bullet for their favourite band. It’s a punk thing. Music should be fucking dangerous and subversive, and it just isn’t like that any more.’ With a line-up completed by Al Saunders (drums) and Nick Prior (bass), Scarfo formed in Andover, before relocating to Deptford, London, in early 1995. After a handful of performances in the capital, they signed with Deceptive Records, but not before recording a debut single for Fierce Panda Records. However, encouraging reviews in the music press were forgotten when, at the beginning of 1996, Saunders was run over by a car after leaving a puBy the time he had recovered and...

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