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The Famous


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“You can pound your fist on my front door / But it’s been too long, I don’t need you anymore.” Laurence Scott sings the opening line of ‘Better Things,’ from the Famous’ 2005 debut ‘Light, Sweet Crude’, like he really means it. He might be singing about an old lover, an old friend ’ heck, even an old car. But, the line could just as well be a kiss-off to the staid country and Americana his band seems all too happy to leave behind in a cloud of dust.

Mix that with the exhaust fumes of a 1965 Ford Galaxie, the four-wheeled talisman that led to the formation of the band in 2003 when Victor Barclay (lead guitar, vocals) spotted Scott (lead vocals, acoustic guitar) and his ride outside a Bay Area laundromat and remarked that he owned the very same car ’ and you get an idea of what the Famous is all about. To put it another way: take the ’50s-era country of Hank Williams, Sr. and filter it through ’70s punk rock, ’80s psychobilly, and ’90s post-punk. You’ll find yourself staring eye-to-eye with San Francisco’s own ‘Pixies in a cowboy hat.’ Vic and Laurence are solidly backed up by longtime collaborator Chris Fruhauf on drums and G.D. Hensley (…who some may know as the bass player for the Fat Wreck Chords / Honest Don’s punk rock band, Diesel Boy…) on the bass.

The Famous have been spreading the gospel of their incendiary live show to music lovers across the Bay Area and beyond.


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