Track Review: Scaramouche // Mother Culture

The bond between siblings is a sacred one filled with laughter, tears and teasing; Darcy and Spencer Ward add a love for music to the list. Working from their Melbourne-based home studio, the brothers come together to bring the world their unique “Ward sound” in Mother Culture. Featured in Rising Artists Blog, Less Than 1000 Followers, SInusoidal Music, The Other Side Reviews, Triple June Unearthed and community radios across Australia, Mother Culture is gaining a loyal international following. The latest addition to their discography is ‘Scaramouche’.



When I hear the term “Scaramouche” I immediately think of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – c’mon, it’s a classic! When it comes to Mother Culture’s ‘Scaramouche’ there is a slight difference. Instead of the hard rock forcefulness, it has a far more soothing sound incorporating jangle-pop and indie-pop with undertones of indie-rock. Combining dynamic guitars with a serene piano, the Ward brothers calm your soul placing you in a warm bubble of sound.

Following their toe-tapping single ‘Fuzzface’, ‘Scaramouche’ has a flowing melodic arrangement in which the strong vocals effortlessly meld. Bringing a personal narrative to the fore, Mother Culture connects with people in the charming ballad. Dulcet tones make the tune relaxing; however, the catchy guitar riffs show there is a forcefulness in the smooth track and the lads are not to be underestimated.

As I said, I tend to associate the term “Scaramouche” with Queen but now I’m not so sure. Spencer and Darcy Ward may have turned my head and now I’ll think of their ‘Scaramouche’ before Freddie’s Scaramouche. I’m not sure the piano stands up to Freddie Mercury’s iconic opening in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ but I do know if Mother Culture continues this way they’ll be up there with the best of them soon.

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