Reviews of the bluesy duo Gus +Scout’s Mercury Lounge show earlier this month spend an inordinate amount of time on the crowd assembled in the Lower East Side venue. Tallulah and Rumer were there (at the front). So was Bruce (off to the side). But, Demi and Jann were nowhere to be seen.
Reporters, seemingly on a first name basis with the small crowd? That’s because Gus + Scout's guest list is pretty A-list. Scout is the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. And Gus’ dad is Jann Wenner, founder of Rolling Stone magazine. The two formed the band while students at Brown University -- where Scout is just starting senior year.
The duo's self-titled debut, out August 28th, 2012, is a 5 song EP of bluesy folky songs. The collection is led by Scout’s full-throated roar of a voice -- one that sometimes rides the edge of over-singing. But her foil is in Gus, whose laid-back warble coaxes things back down.
They wear their influences, like Gram Parsons and Karen Dalton, well. And some familiar songwriting tropes (waiting for the mailman and lying sweetly) are met with those of a more modern kind (the problem of crossing ones legs in skinny jeans).
Audio is no longer streaming for the EP. But, you check out the video for "Don't Bother You Much." Want more? They're playing in New York at the Stephen Talkhouse on Thursday, August 30th, 2012.
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