Martin Deeprose, drums, backing vocals
Micky Cox, bass, backing vocals
Dave Andrews, lead guitar
Andy Bob Beaumont, guitar, lead vocals
The scapegoats are a four piece guitar-based band performing mostly their own material interspersed with covers. Their influences are blues, rock and jazz. Mart Deeprose on drums and Micky Cox on bass provide a tight and powerful back line to support Andy Bob Beaumont’s rhythm guitar and strong vocals with the cream on top provided by lead guitarist Dave Andrews.
The Scapegoats were formed in the mid-1990s and there have been a number of changes of personnel over the years. Around the turn of the century Micky Cox joined with Mart Deeprose to cement their backline and Nev Hughes became the lead guitarist.
Tragically, Nev Hughes passed away in 2015. His sound and inspiration were crucial to the band. After a period of reflection it was decided that the best memorial to Nev was for the band to continue making and playing music. As luck would have it they were able to recruit Tony Baldock, an impressive lead guitarist, to join the band. Tony has recently left and has been replaced by the excellent Dave Andrews.
They have produced four CDs, one in 2004 (Together), one in 2012 (The Old A5), a third in 2017 (Hélène) and the most recent “On our way” in 2019. All albums have a selection of their own songs and a few covers.
“On our way” is released on the CEG Records label and can be purchased as a digital download (£8) or physical digipak (£10) – https://www.cegrecords.com/scapegoats
It is available at Mudshark Records Bangor and it will soon also be available on most digital platforms.
The title song from the album has been played on Adam Walton’s BBC Radio Wales show (“very very good indeed!” he said) and is also released as a video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUEuy33WhWE
All proceeds from sales of CDs go to the M E Association charity to help M E sufferers and to promote bio-medical research to seek a cure and/or effective treatment for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
Review of EP Hélène by “From the Margins”:
“It is honest music that has its place; Scapegoats are an accomplished band, and they obviously really enjoy playing blues based rock, making it equally enjoyable to listen.”
Reviews of the band:
“Massive thank you to Andy and the Scapegoats lads for a truly enjoyable afternoon of original music!!! The Scapegoats played their socks off this Sunday. It was great to see such a warm response for a truly experienced original set.”
(Royal Hotel, Colwyn Bay – August 2018)
“Last band on this evening were the Scapegoats an accomplished original Jazzy Blues band who can draw on original songs going all the way back to the 60’s. You often hear bands complain of not being able to get enough gigs, well these guys should be an inspiration to younger bands playing loads of pubs, clubs and festivals around the North Wales coast each year. Although the message wasn’t as blunt or maybe obvious as the previous performers (Red or Dead) there is a definite social edge to some of the Scapegoats songs which are delivered with a relaxed ease and polish which you would expect from a band playing as regularly as they do and although the crowd was not as big as on some nights at the Shiloh (due to the fact the weather was so good and the barbeques were alight) those that were there were soon feeling the beat and moving to the infectious sounds. This was the first time I’d seen them with their new guitarist Dave and although a different player than the recently departed Tony, he soon stamped his own style on the solo’s and it soon became apparent that they have found another great guitar player. Scapegoats are playing several festivals this year and definitely worth checking out.” (North Wales Reviews: June 2018)
“Fantastic band. Always a pleasure to see � You guys rock �” April 2018
“Thanks very much Scapegoats for playing at The North tonight and providing us with some great blues and jazz rock. Look forward to booking you again in the future & to anyone looking to book the band we would highly recommend doing so!” (The North, Rhyl, Feb 2016)
“An absolutely superb 40 min showcase slot by the Scapegoats…….these guys are a top drawer act laying down some real blues,country and latin grooves………I look forward to their full show, back at the Blue Bell on Fri, April 22nd……not to be missed” ( Craig Howe, Blue Bell, April 2016)
” A mixture of jazz,blues,Latin,rhythms all mixed up with some great musicianship ensure a toe tapping set from start to finish They are tight and enjoy playing. Tony on guitar as we said in our last review is outstanding but they all play their part as well. A great warmth about their set earning them more friends each outing,” (Rob Murray, North Wales Music Review, April 2016)
“Yes we do want you back and I shall find the next available date!” (The Bank, Conwy, May 2016)
“Brill! Really enjoyed last night thank you! Looking forward to the next one!” (The Blue Bell, Conwy, June 2016)
“Saw this band in Llandudno recently and really enjoyed the set. All great musicians but we loved the young guitarist (Tony Baldock) who was outstanding.” (Bob Aris, September 2016)
“I haven’t enjoyed watching a band this much in a long time! The Scapegoats absolutely killing it!” (Martin Byast of BAD DOG, October 2016)