Scoundrels (band)

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Origin London, England
Genres Blues rock, Alternative rock
Years active 2008–present
Labels Blue Horizon
Members George Elliot
Alex "Billy" Hill
Joshua Martens
Ned Wyndham
Past members Adam Callan

Scoundrels are a blues-rock band from London. They were originally formed in 2007 but the current line-up was completed in 2009. The band were signed by the original founders of Sire Records, legendary A&R man Seymour Stein and producer/songwriter Richard Gottehrer, to the revived Blue Horizon label. They were the first UK signing to the label.[1] Their début album Scoundrels was released on June 27, 2011. Their second single, "Loud n Proud", reached the top of the 5FM "Buzz Chart" in South Africa which led to a feature in Heat Magazine South Africa.[2]


Ned Wyndham, Alex 'Billy' Hill and Josh Martens shared a love of 50's soul, roots, doo-wop, and classic rock, which led them all to the London Centre of Contemporary Music. During their college years, they were able to hone their skills, putting on rootsy[clarification needed] nights at Notting Hill Arts Club and The Troubadour.[3] They recruited the final member of their band, George Elliot, after original guitarist, Adam Callan, left in the Summer of 2009.

Their début album was recorded at an extended stay in Louisiana, where the band lived on a houseboat moored on the swamps at McGee’s Landing Henderson, Louisiana, recording with Swamp Pop legend C.C. Adcock as well as in Chicago with Steve Albini, where they recorded at his own Electrical Audio studio.[4]

The Sniff It Up EP was their first release for the Blue Horizon label,[5] which featured five tracks selected from the forthcoming album. The band toured in support of the release in the UK with fellow Brit-blues-rockers Kill It Kid. They then took a residency at London's famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, which ran throughout the summer of 2011.[6]

Scoundrels played numerous UK festivals over the summer of 2011, including a main stage slot at Jamie Oliver's inaugural Big Feastival.[7] In October 2011, they were invited to support The Kooks on their UK tour.[8] Later that month they travelled back to the United States to play at college radio festival CMJ.[9]

Band members[edit]



  • Sniff It Up EP (2011)
  • Scoundrels (2011)
  • "Sexy Weekend EP" (2012)


  • "Gulf Of Mexico" (2011)
  • "Loud n Proud" (2011)


  1. ^ "First UK act on Blue Horizon". Music Week. 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  2. ^ "Music Review: Scoundrels - Scoundrels". 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  3. ^ United Kingdom (2008-08-05). "Hoodoo Scoundrels at Notting Hill Arts Club - Bassline mash-up mix - Time Out London". Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  4. ^ Canham, James (2011-06-09). "Scoundrels // The 405 Interview by James Canham | The 405". Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  5. ^ Malick, Sherin (2011-03-13). "Riot Magazine". Riot Magazine. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  6. ^ "Scoundrels release Loud N Proud | Fashion and Art Underground". 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  7. ^ "The Big Feastival - The Line-up". Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  8. ^ "Scoundrels To Support The Kooks". 2011-09-16. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  9. ^ "SESAC Official CMJ Event @ Santos Party House - Manhattan, NYC". 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2011-12-08.