Meet Thomas Cohen, lead singer of “non-aggressive punk rock” band S.C.U.M.
Supported by fellow bandmates Bradley Baker, Samuel Kilcoyne, Huw Webb and only girl allowed, Melissa Rigby, S.C.U.M have been an up-and-coming band since they upped and came onto the scene with a clatter in 2008. Now get ready world, this year looks set to be theirs so take some time and get to know them, because S.C.U.M are poised to make an indelible mark on music.
Since forming three years back, the S.C.U.M set-up has switched from four men to five before finally swapping the drummer for a lady! The original line-up ironically named themselves after the feminist 1968 S.C.U.M manifesto, by Valerie Solanas. Making music as a way of relaxing and expressing themselves, and as an escape from their day jobs, Tom admits that none of the group are born from musical backgrounds, which gives their songs a naivety and forces a few musical mistakes that seem to work.
This summer the band are touring the festival circuit as well as preparing for the long awaited release of their album in September. Tom took some time out of the band’s busy schedule to chat to i-D online about how he’d be glass-blowing if he wasn’t in the band, their plans to crack America, idols and rivals.
Text: Laura Chatterton
Photography: Rebecca Coley