Record Release Party: “ScumFest 3” @ the Low Beat on Saturday



On Saturday night (November 14), the Low Beat in Albany is hosting the ScumFest 3 Album Release/Listening Party. You can listen to (and purchase) the album. And playing live on the no pepper stage will be Lumpen Proles, Chloroform Party and the Phantom Signals. Doors at 7pm, bands at 8pm.

What is ScumFest, you ask? Well, some of you longtime Local 518 music fans may recall the original ScumFest, a Local 518 punk festival that took place back in 1982.

Even punks get nostalgic, it seems, and in September, 2013, ScumFest2 took place out in Berne with some of those same musicians (and fans) – as well as a new generation inspired by them. The day-long bash featured such old-school punks as the Plague, Lumpen Proles, Killtech, Sadistic Gerbils and Jim Whiting, as well as punks of a somewhat more recent vintage, including Chloroform Party, Savage Randys, Terminal Hardware and Acceptable Exceptions. Each of the bands was represented on the sprawling 26-track CD compilation, ScumFest2: Foxtrot On the Scumkill.

ScumFest 3 took place in August, 2014 out in Duanesburg – about as far away from the once thriving downtown Albany punk scene as you could possibly get. Several of the same bands came back for another sonic-assault reunion, including Lumpen Proles, Chloroform Party and Sadistic Gerbils, and they were joined by Capitle, Aggressive Response, Bourbon Scum and Phantom Signals – all of whom contributed tracks to the new compilation, ScumFest 3 on Black & White Wreckchords. And this one’s on vinyl (with a free download card included, of course) with nifty Jim Whiting cover art. Seven bands. 20 songs. But sadly, no liner notes.

Phantom Signals sound the most pop-oriented, but suffer from some tempo problems. Lumpen Proles are the most musically sophisticated. Sadistic Gerbils’ “Jittery City” is awash in phase-shifted guitar. Bourbon Scum mix in a touch of rockabilly swing even with a substitute drummer. And Capitle are undeniably the most minimalist, churning through five songs in 5:21, including their miniature masterwork, the nine-second “MAS.” There’s something strange, yet oddly compelling about listening to the gritty urban sounds of punk plopped down way out in the country.

And just in case you were wondering, yes, ScumFest 4 was held over Labor Day weekend earlier this year, so we can only hope that there’s another live ScumFest compilation album on the horizon…

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