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Silver Scooter

Silver Scooter began as a deceptively simple pop trio with the uncanny ability to hit as many emotional chords as musical ones. With their third full-length, The Blue Law, the band evolved into a deceptively sophisticated pop quartet that now hits those chords with an articulate precision, using the studio to silken, not slicken, a tasteful sound that was already tight, controlled and in many ways, perfect. However, beneath the studied polish of their new record breathes a beast.

Singer/guitarist Scott Garred sings in perfect pitch about smashing his car into an ex's fender. John Hunt's bass lines rumble with a nearly unperceived menace, like strong, deep ocean currents barely felt by pleasure cruise passengers on an otherwise placid sea. Guitars churn out chunky chords, occasionally stepping to the front to deliver a subtle lead melody. Hints of organ and additional percussion embellish Tom Hudson's restrained, inspired drumming. And occasionally, in the midst of a groove so steady it defies metronomes, seemlingly random guitar lines careen in and out of control, as if the guitar was played by two people instead of one.

In fact, one guitar was actually played by two people — during the taping of "Terrorism Lover," when Scott wrestled for control of a Gibson Les Paul with longtime producer Dave McNair. Silver Scooter recorded much of The Blue Law in this grab-bag fashion, using what most bands call finished songs as mere starting points. Not surprisingly, it works well, and The Blue Law might not only be Silver Scooter's best album to date, but also its most touching, dense and rewarding. This album realizes the promise of Orleans Parish and will surely entrench itself in record collections everywhere as the album that never leaves, no matter how many times it says, "Goodbye."

With The Blue Law's growth in sound and musical maturity, Silver Scooter also expanded from a trio to a quartet, having adding longtime friend Shawn Camp on guitar and keyboards following the release of Orleans Parish. Shawn had played bass with Scott and Tom in various college bands in the Pacific Northwest. He also created the painting on the cover of Silver Scooter's first album, The Other Palm Springs, as well as the photo assemblage that graces the cover of The Blue Law.

Photo Gallery
Silver Scooter tour photos (USA & Japan)

Discography
Albums
The Other Palm Springs LP/CD (Peek-A-Boo, 1997)
Orleans Parish LP/CD (Peek-A-Boo, 1999)
The Blue Law LP/CD (Peek-A-Boo, 2001)
The Other Palm Springs CD + bonus tracks (NOOO [JAPAN], 2001)
Orleans Parish CD + bonus tracks (NOOO [JAPAN], 2001)
The Blue Law CD (NOOO [JAPAN], 2001)

Singles & EPs
• "Biting My Nails" 7" (Peek-A-Boo, 1996)
• "Ball of Yarn" 7" (Swingline, 1996)
• "Cup and String" 7" (Crank!, 1996)
• "Tribute to the Phone Calls" 7" (Peek-A-Boo, 1998)
• "Goodbye" CD EP (Peek-A-Boo, 2000)

Compliations
KVRX Local Live, Vol.1 (KVRX, 1997)
Don't Forget to Breathe LP/CD (Crank!, 1997)
From the Bullpen CD (Hey Buddy, 1997)
Self-Portrait 7" (Permafrost, 1998)
• Silver Scooter/Cursive split 10"/CD (Crank!, 1998)
• Silver Scooter/Tiara split 7" (Voice of the Sky, 1998)
When it was as Good as Pillow Talk CD (Round Circle Records, 2000)
Stay Tuned for the Holidays CD (Crank!, 2000)
The Peek-A-Boo Book of Spells LP (Peek-A-Boo, 2000)

Peek-A-Boo Family Tree
• Scott Garred: Super XX Man
• Tom Hudson: Golden Millennium
• John Hunt: Fivehead

Reviews
 
»  Silver Scooter in 17 Dots (03/24/2009)
 
»  "The Blue Law" in Ink 19 (08/01/2001)
 
»  "The Blue Law" in Exclaim! (04/11/2001)
 
»  "The Blue Law" in The Onion (03/15/2001)
 
»  "The Blue Law" in Pop Matters (03/06/2001)
 
»  "Goodbye" in Exclaim! (03/05/2001)
 
»  "The Blue Law" in The Austin Chronicle (03/02/2001)
 
»  "The Blue Law" in CMJ (03/01/2001)
 
»  "The Blue Law" in All Music Guide (03/01/2001)
 
»  "The Blue Law" in The Mac Weekly (02/16/2001)
 
»  "Goodbye" in CMJ (01/01/2001)
 
»  "Goodbye" in All Music Guide (01/01/2001)
 
»  "Goodbye" in Splendid Magazine (12/18/2000)
 
»  "Goodbye" in Pop Matters (12/12/2000)
 
»  "Goodbye" in Baby Sue (12/01/2000)
 
»  "Goodbye" in The Austin Chronicle (11/24/2000)
 
»  Silver Scooter in Seattle Weekly (03/23/2000)
 
»  "Orleans Parish" in CMJ (03/15/1999)
 
»  "Orleans Parish" in All Music Guide (03/15/1999)
 
»  "Orleans Parish" in Splendid Magazine (03/15/1999)
 
»  "Orleans Parish" in The Onion (03/15/1999)
 
»  "The Other Palm Springs" in CMJ (03/01/1998)
 
»  "The Other Palm Springs" in All Music Guide (03/01/1998)
 
»  "The Other Palm Springs" in The Declaration (02/26/1998)
 
»  Silver Scooter in The Austin Chronicle (10/02/1997)
 
»  "The Other Palm Springs" in The Austin Chronicle (10/02/1997)

Silver Scooter
(L-R) Shawn Camp, Tom Hudson,
Scott Garred, John Hunt

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The Blue Law CD
"The Blue Law" CD

(Peek-A-Boo Records, 2001)

The Blue Law LP
"The Blue Law" LP

(Peek-A-Boo Records, 2001)

Goodbye CD EP
"Goodbye" CD EP

(Peek-A-Boo Records, 2000)

Orleans Parish CD
"Orleans Parish" CD

(Peek-A-Boo Records, 1999)

Orleans Parish LP
"Orleans Parish" LP

(Peek-A-Boo Records, 1999)

A Tribute to the Phone Calls 7"
"A Tribute to the Phone Calls" 7"

(Peek-A-Boo Records, 1998)

The Other Palm Springs CD
"The Other Palm Springs" CD

(Peek-A-Boo Records, 1997)

The Other Palm Springs LP
"The Other Palm Springs" LP

(Peek-A-Boo Records, 1997)

Biting My Nails 7"
"Biting My Nails" 7"

(Peek-A-Boo Records, 1996)

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