Southern comfort meets the crown jewels

by Dege Legg

New online film documents British band The Scoundrels time spent in southern Louisiana.

It's not often that a young and up-and-coming band of British dudes comes to Lafayette to live for a month and inundate themselves in a musical "swamp boot camp" of sorts. That's kind of what the British band The Scoundrels did last year, from February to March, while recording half of their debut record at various locations in southern Louisiana with Lafayette musician and producer CC Adcock.

"We had a magical time for six weeks in Lafayette. Partied every night, rehearsed all day, cut at Studio in the Country and La Louisianne and went out to the zydeco every weekend," says Adcock, who in conjunction with Seymour Stein, was responsible for bringing the band down to Louisiana to hone their chops with some authentic Southern ambience. "We only went to New Orleans once directly after the Saint's won the Super Bowl. Got in the van and drove straight there. Those London boys had never seen nothing like that. But their hearts were in Lafayette, cuz all of the folks and musicians and girls made'em feel so right. By the time they left town I had them sounding badass, and they were packing Blue Moon and Somewhere's Else Lounge with fans."

The Scoundrels are set to release their debut record on Seymour Stein's personal imprint Blue Horizon Records. Co-produced by CC Adcock and indie-underground veteran musician/producer Steve Albini, the band spent time recording in both Louisiana and Chicago.

In addition to work on the Scoundrel's album, a portion the band's time in Louisiana was documented by filmmaker Wyatt Garfield in the mini-documentary Go Sell Your Soul. The documentary includes some choice Lafayette footage Henderson, La Louisianne Studio, The Blue Moon Saloon as well as appearances from many Lafayette locals characters, including the infamous and illustrious downtown gypsy Hart Fortenbery.

Depending on the speed of your Internet connection, Go Sell Your Soul can be viewed here.