"Burnt Pop Cycles" (Album, 2011)
With scant regard for convention, boundaries or rules, Will Crewsdon's solo vehicle surprises at every turn. Having earned his industry dues down the years playing guitar for the likes of Adam and The Ants, Bow Wow Wow, Johnette Napolitano and Rachel Stamp, and having worked alongside diverse music business luminaries like Tom Jones, Bryan Ferry, Malcolm McLaren, and Celine Dion(!), Crewsdon has formulated Scant Regard as a solo alter ego project to explore pretty much whatever takes his fancy. The only constant is a judicious underpinning of electronic beats and synth rhythms overlaid with his own, distinctive brand of in-your-face rocking guitar work.
This is the genre of Smooth Thundering Electrolysis - what he himself has called, quite accurately, 'spaghettilectro'. If Russ Meyer were alive today and released a nudie cutie spaghetti western with frenetic stagecoach chase sequences then Scant Regard's debut album Burnt Pop Cycles would provide the perfect soundtrack. Russ Meyer is dead, but Quentin Tarantino isn't and can do no wrong these days. It's about time then that Tarantino checked out Scant Regard's unique melange of largely instrumental compositions when planning the score for his next unhinged blockbuster. 7/10
Rob Dyer (February 2013)