Will Crewdson is Scant Regard. A full on electro-popping, rockabilly dabbling, surf-guitar twanging industro-funk explosion in neon hues.
Also known for being the lead guitarist in Adam Ant’s band and The Selecter as well as his own Rachel Stamp and She Made Me Do It, Will really lets his roots show with this unique hybrid of guitar-driven, heavily beat-laden sci-fi mind’s eye soundtrack rage.
Scant Regard’s 5th album, Skipping Over Damaged Area has an overall theme of the apocalyptic destruction and devolution of the planet we live on. The demolishing electronic rhythms thread through it’s very core underlined by catchy riffs and almost pop-like choruses in places. Creating a sense of hope for a second only to plummet into the depths of doom the next. It’s an environmentally unsound joyride through the current human psyche.
How would you describe your music?
A mix of industrial surf guitar heavy sci-fi spaghettilectro.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
I started it when I was between bands as an outlet for some music I’d had lying around unused. I wanted to do something on my own after years of playing in bands like Rachel Stamp and with artists like Adam Ant. Now I find I’m back playing with a few bands but Scant Regard still carries on and I’m now on my fifth solo album under that name.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
A lot of electronic stuff. Rooted in the eighties mainly with bands like Depeche Mode, Cabaret Voltaire and Nitzer Ebb. I also like great songwriters like Warren Zevon and lots of film composers such as Ennio Morricone and Danny Elfman.
What inspires you?
The thought of playing live and bringing my own sound and performance to an audience.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
I definitely have ideas when I’m on the road but with Scant Regard I kind of write as I record so I take the ideas that might crop up wherever and put them all together when I start the recording process.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
At the moment it’s probably the new album’s opening track ‘Mostly Accidental’. The title kind of dictates how I play it live!
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Probably supporting Depeche Mode.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Having been around when record companies were still pretty vital to a band’s existence I quite like the new freedom that a musician has. I wouldn’t have been able to do all the projects I’m involved with as easily in the days when I was signed with one band to one label. Having said that, you obviously miss the tour support and promotion that only a company can give you. There’s positives and negatives I guess.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
I did kick a girl’s finger once and she lost her nail. It went black and fell off. She showed me at the next gig so I guess she wasn’t too pissed off!
What are your future plans?
I’ve almost finished a covers EP which I’ll be putting out very soon. I’ll also be on tour in the US with The Selecter playing guitar with them in November. I’m trying to fit a couple of solo gigs around that and already have one sorted in LA on the 12th November at the Redwood Bar.
Then on to the next album.