What is most refreshing about David Scott, (stage name ARGH KiD) is that his whole catalogue appears to be an unfiltered game of say what you see. It’s as if he walks around town allowing you to see from his viewpoint whilst he encounters the very best and worst aspects of a metropolis of culture, crime, drinking, elation, nostalgia, pure bleak shit greyness that is kept colourful by its inhabitants and their ideals, such as your local cig-docker-picker-uppers, or hoity toity city sneerers who are largely harmless but are great characters for Scott to throw his playful sense of irony at. Saying this, there’s also a very ugly flipside to his observations – the more unsavoury types of people who are really in need of putting in place. From abusive parents to corrupt higher powers, you best believe that one of Manchester’s most honest urban poets has a rhyme or two to biographically pick them to bits, analysing all that is wrong about them and their actions. In light of the extremely unsettling worldwide reports, documenting the sheer scope of the racist, classist, moral ignorance within the very glue of the world, Scott rallied his band together in order to put out his next lyrical tirade. Recorded, mixed and mastered over just three days in lockdown, Dickhead DNA was produced.
It’s clear that he’s addressing a subject very close to him, which in turn has made this one of his most poignant bodies of work yet. He makes use of choice lyricism such as, “Nazi salutes with Union Jacks, aggression makes up where their education lacks” as if to provoke those in question in the same nature that they do – by using the shock-factor of insult and vulgarity. “Racists don’t wait around to get their voice out and I didn’t want to sit on my arse and say nothing out to them. We should all be calling them out for what they are. DICKHEADS.” evoked Scott. He’s joined on guitar and guest vocals by Isaac Taylor of the sadly split No Hot Ashes, who uses his indie hip-hop driven background to maintain the ska-like energy throughout the song as it bops to the offbeat. Considering that the track was seemingly rushed together as a response to current events, the musicianship and production on the track is as clean as you like, which is testament to bassist Ian Barber, drummer Jim Adnitt, Brass outfit Liz Murray & Andy McCulloch, producer Gaz Hadfield (Blueprint Studios) and also to David Scott on his ability to pull a solid creative outfit together in order to succeed his ideas; well in this instance, his upheaval.
Dickhead DNA is out now: https://arghkid.bandcamp.com/album/dickhead-dna/
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