Obviously the album isn't out yet, but between the music that Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip have made available on their myspace and seeing them live, I've heard three quarters of the material. I think they are great and on the basis of the 8 songs I've heard on this album already, the album should be too. For those unfamiliar, Scroobius Pip is a poet / spoken word artist, Dan Le Sac operates the mac next to him, intently working like a little chimp during the live shows, adding vocals and live samples throughout. In terms of content - a little bit like The Streets - in the sense that its very much lyrical story-telling, a lot of the songs have a defined beginning, middle and end. Unlike Mike Skinner though, Scroobius sings / talks about things a little bit more important than dope and Playstations - the duo don't shy away from dark material such as self-harm, revenge attacks, whilst equally carrying a sort of healthy irreverence to the industry and their peers which is refreshing: "The Beatles - just a band, The Pixies - just a band, Radiohead - just a band". Equally, they are able to highlight through their music some beauty in things occasionally overlooked - Tommy C recounts how people were laughing during the great comedian's on-stage curtain call on life, and how beautiful it is that he could even make people laugh to the last. Surprisingly poignant.
They are not afraid to get political and use their lyrics as a weapon, which I think should be true of any artist with integrity and conviction. And that's the thing about these two - Scroobius Pip's lyrics are intelligent, well-crafted, meaningful, hugely topical and spectacularly delivered. The words almost bore into your psyche, an unprocessed powerful truth about today. This promises, on the grounds on their myspace material and live gigs, to be an outstanding debut album.
They are just a band though, so let's not get carried away, eh? 9.13/10.0