|Will Crewdson - Scant Regard/Rachel Stamp - Interview Exclusive|
|Written by Ross Welford|
|Sunday, 02 October 2011 05:30|
Will Crewdson, guitarist with '90s glam punk oddities Rachel Stamp, certainly has an impressive CV, supporting the likes of Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick and Iggy Pop, working with Adam Ant, Bryan Ferry, Tom Jones and Ceine Dion amongst others. I caught up with Will to get the details on his new project, Scant Regard, and some juicy goss, of course....
Despite all that I still feel blessed to be able to play music on a day to day basis and proud to have been involved with Rachel Stamp - it was a good, solid rock 'n' roll education!
Definitely pure love. We never say never with the Stamp so who knows?
I met Adam in the '90s when he started coming to see Rachel Stamp play - he came up and did some songs with us once. Adam and the Ants were the first band I ever saw and they left an indelible impression on me.
I didn't see much of him until early 2010 when he started doing guerilla gigs around London. I saw him do an acoustic gig at the Shore Leave club and made it my mission to try and "get in there" on guitar. It wasn't long before we were blasting out all the old Ants stuff with a full band for most of the year.
I'm still very much up for playing with Adam but I had other commitments in the States this year which meant I couldn't be as involved. I still play the odd gig here and there (just did one on HMS Belfast the other day) and I truly think he is one of the all time great frontmen.
Oh yeah, the Matthew Ashman gig was an amazing night all round. Adam was actually fine and dandy on the night! Can't remember there being any rider issues but I do remember there being too many people backstage eating the crisps.
Livan has some great songs and a brilliant band. We went down so well on the Cooper tour that I had to check I wasn't backing up the geezer himself some nights. Hopefully Livan will get some UK dates going soon.
Well, that was another labour of love for me because I've always admired her and been blown away by her voice and stage presence. Definitely not just another job and I'm very proud of the album we did.
Scant Regard, as the name suggests, is me not caring about anything or anyone else and just going back to the sounds I love in a pure instrumental way. It's basically raw Link Wray type guitar over a full-on electro backing. I just did a couple of shows in the US and enjoyed them so much that I want to play everywhere now.
It's also a way of saying "no - I will never be a singer - even in my own band with nobody else in it!"
The first album will be out before the end of the year and it's called 'Burnt Pop Cycles'. It will probably sound a whole lot more electronic and filmic than most people would expect from me.
The Scant Regard live shows are still pretty rocking and guitar based but I wanted to show another side on the album.
Cheers Will. See you out on the road!