Scribbles by SWJ Group
(C)2018 Gas Records
Mancunians have always had a flair for their own kind of brand identity. Whether it be baggy or swagger or sorted or top they thirst for a language that identifies them and gets them noticed. And that has never changed. So here with ‘Mancadelica’ comes the latest offering in the shape of the SWJ Group or simply Stephen Wilson Jnr for those that care for a more precise translation. I’m thinking if he named the band then he’s singing the song, right? And if he’s singing the song he’s the guy providing the catchy little bass line. As a three-piece, the finished, overall sound that is their latest offering, ‘Scribbles’ blends together well and as legend has it the latest Manc slang definition of their sound is ‘slacker funk.’ For it’s true Manc style, I love it! It creates curiosity, you find your feet tapping along to the song and gradually your head starts to nod. You’re in and you’re rolling with it! While the term Mancadelica is fun and thought-provoking enough to help create curiosity the band have surprisingly defined their sound at quite an early stage in their career. I don’t see them as a fledgling ‘Boy band’ and maybe a few years of serving their apprenticeships in a variety of combos has helped define their sound culminating in each bringing an alternative flavor to the dish. The end result is the pie comes comes out warm and tasty. And if I’m mistaken and they’ve been playing together since kindergarten then clearly I’m lost in translation, or maybe just plain ‘Braindeadlica’
SWJG are an interesting three-piece with a sound that cites a good few influences that include both psychedelia wrapped around a little funk ending with a catchy distinct sound that makes us listen. Music should always tempt us in with a little curiosity. But hang on a minute, if the song is called ‘Scribbles’ then maybe their fusion of different styles and influences might just be scribbling.
‘Mancadelica and the rise of Slacker Funk.’ We Mancs have a way with words, go believe the hype.