Table Scraps are having us on, right? They release a single called ‘Doom Generation’ during the most devastating period in our recent history…and they say it was written before Covid-19? Well, talk about timing – these Brummie barnstomers have encapsulated the ragged emotions everyone is currently feeling.
People are angry. Austerity remains, lockdown has had more sequels than Police Academy and Big Sam Allerdyce is set to become the interim Pope (probably). In ‘Doom Generation’, Table Scraps have channelled the rage and contempt of the common man within two frenzied minutes.
Opening with the kind of guitar riff that makes IDLES look like Travis, ‘Doom Generation’ is a post-apocalyptic pummelling with a killer chorus. It’s no surprise that they are one of the most lauded garage rock acts around at the moment, having previously peddled their wares at SXSW.
The first taster from sophomore album Coffin Face, ‘Doom Generation’ is one hell of a coffin nail. By the time you reach the glorious crescendo, that irresistible chorus will be in your system quicker than the Pfizer vaccine.
A song about doom needs a fitting video, and Table Scraps have duly delivered. The accompanying animated visual has the retro charm of a 1990s adult cartoon. It sees the Table Scraps merchants navigate their way to a gig through HS2 rebuilds, Covid outbreaks and a Biblical flooding. Fans of Birmingham music will get a kick out of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameos of various venues and musicians.
Words by Sam Lambeth
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