Former S.C.U.M members Huw Webb, Melissa Rigby and Bradley Baker have returned with a new band called Astral Pattern.
After forming in 2008, S.C.U.M band announced they were splitting earlier this year. The new band does not feature their former singer Thomas Cohen and keyboard player Samuel Kilcoyne. Astral Pattern formed after the three members visited Dusseldorf to see Kraftwerk perform. You can watch the video to their new song ‘Faraway’ below. It’s taken from their new EP Light Poems, which sees them ditch their former band’s angular sound for dream pop. They played their first-ever gig this evening (July 4) at London’s Shacklewell Arms.
S.C.U.M didn’t give a reason for their split in January, but they had been on hiatus since playing at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in August 2012. A message breaking the news to fans was posted on Facebook. It said: “Hello everyone, It seems an appropriate time to announce after a long hiatus – S.C.U.M have collectively decided that we will no longer play or continue to write together. We’d all like to thank you for all of your support but we have chosen to part ways and work on new projects. See you all very soon.”
S.C.U.M released one album in their short career, 2011’s ‘Again Into Eyes’, which featured the singles ‘Amber Hands’, ‘Faith Unfolds’ and ‘Whitechapel’. Frontman Tom Cohen became a father last year when his wife, Peaches Geldof, gave birth to a son named Astala.