Ever listen to those bands that sort of talk the lyrics. Don’t you sometimes think that they’ve just got some words that rhyme and then they put them into sentences, a bit like a 6 year olds first effort at poetry? Well, Scott and the Flying Kicks are not one of those bands. The lyrics seem more honest, not from the ‘rhyme by numbers’ school of spoken word. Scott Laywood has an added rap/hiphop element to his delivery. It works and you can hear it on the new EP from Scott and the Flying Kicks. It’s called ‘Street Fighter’ and is comprised of 5 tracks. Read about them then give our favourite track a listen.
Track 1 – Fake meat
Anybody remember Flat Eric from the 90s? This track uses a very similar bass sound and opens with Scott talking into the mic after having several frustrating experiences with job interviews. The vocals are pitch shifted down a couple of semitones, an effect Scott used early on to mask his own voice. As time went on, the pitch shifting was removed across the majority of the EP to reveal his natural sound. He kept the effect at the beginning of Fake Meat with his natural voice revealing itself halfway through. This symbolises Scott breaking out of his shell and allowing the rest of the EP to be unashamedly him.
Track 2 – Fatherhood
This is the first track that Scott created using a sampler, taking an exert of a Motown song, slowing it down and repeating it. This track talks about his life now, feeling lucky to spend so much time with his daughter and working less hours than he used to with limited stress. In the track, Scott challenges the norm of working hard and striving for success, referencing the activities he is currently able to do (particularly with his daughter) and weighing it up against where he is expected to be career wise.
Track 3 – Take that crown
Scott was at home with his daughter Effie, who was singing and dancing along to songs from Disney’s Moana. He grabbed his sampler and started to record, and later began to play around with the sounds. Slowing down one of the recordings created a haunting sound which became the foundation for the track. The beat itself reminded Scott of a fighter’s walk-out music, and this became a theme within the lyrics. He talks about being an underdog and references his own feeling of being overlooked and wanting to prove people wrong.
Track 4 – Not that hot
Scott re-sampled some of the guitar that was recorded for ‘Beware the fury’ which resulted in the main loop. A drum ‘n bass style beat and sub bass (mimicking the guitar sample) are all this track needed to accompany the vocal for this one. The lyrics were inspired by stories of a colleague and the sounds take inspiration from both The Prodigy and The Streets.
Track 5 – Beware the Fury
This track was the first step into Scott’s new rapped/spoken style and features hismicro-arcade synthesiser. The vocals are repeated 3 times, firstly as Scott’s natural voice, then introducing pitch shifting in parts, then fully pitch shifted. The idea mimics the ‘fury of a patient man’ starting to bubble through to the surface. It felt fitting to make this the last track of the E.P as this vocal change is the reverse of the vocal shift in track 1.