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Ten Tracks: Punch & The Apostles

A showcase of the ten dark, visionary, musically astounding works from the recorded archives of Punch & The Apostles, complete with lyrical track descriptions by the band.  (See bundle blurb for the un-cut descriptions).

Within The Realm of Hatred

Punch & The Apostles

An old one that slipped between the grills, it came in a flash of rage while perched atop the peristaltic bowl, bemoaning the wiles and pitfalls of the fairer sex, the damaging frequencies of lust, the pert nubile nuptials of ‘the net’…

Womb Grave

Punch & The Apostles

Self-explanatory. The life-long vector of the human arrow – departure to destination death.

Bull Ring

Punch & The Apostles

Why, this number is a cute little fairytale of aging talent facing the terminal bonanza with aplomb and tooth-gritting determination.

The Engineers of Salammbo

Punch & The Apostles

A latino meditation on the structure of ambivalence.

Shithouse

Punch & The Apostles

The fruit of a bitter winter in muddy, impoverished, skulking, guttering Ayrshire.

Gone to the Shops

Punch & The Apostles

A hairy marine monstrosity taps out something approaching a house riff on a ruptured harmonium while provisions are collected from Lidl and the local Freemasons ‘grease up their boards’. Gnarly.

Wintertime Blues

Punch & The Apostles

A blues about the winter. Composed in the Shithouse

(Something More Than Red Blood Flowing)

Punch & The Apostles

Wordless, meaningless, nice coffeetable music if you can afford one. With a fundamentally Marxist tonality.

Beyond The Bed

Punch & The Apostles

…the voyeurs of society proclaim the necessity of fleshy human companionship for the sake of normal development, happiness, fulfillment, salvation! Punch and the Apostles took the executive decision to cash in on that most lucrative of subjects…

Baptist Jones

Punch & The Apostles

Well Baptist Jones was a darling man but a greedy grasping adventurer, he spent his life on the open road and his face was scarred and his teeth had fur… Something out of the dusty vaults, never intended for the light of evaluation.

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In The Realm of Hatred

An old one that slipped between the grills, it came in a flash of rage while perched atop the peristaltic bowl, bemoaning the wiles and pitfalls of the fairer sex, the damaging frequencies of lust, the pert nubile nuptials of ‘the net’ and a swooning, withering withdrawal.

 

Womb Grave

Self-explanatory. The life-long vector of the human arrow – departure to destination death.

 

Bull-ring

Why this number is a cute little fairytale of aging talent facing the terminal bonanza with aplomb and tooth-gritting determination. The crowd assembles – the sun eviscerates the helpless earth and as tender young shoots, barely embarked on their debut photosynthesis, hiss and wilt beneath the solar onslaught, our hero (nameless) emerges ancient, sagging beneath his sequins, in the archway of the great cultural cantina – the bullring. His past life, his glories, the battles he has won, the women he has conquered, transcendent in their fading submission, stretch behind him like his shadow as he moves to face a younger, stronger more vicious adversary (the animal-fascist) and anticipates the puncturing horn.

 

Engineers of Salammbo

A latino meditation on the structure of ambivalence.

 

Shithouse

The fruit of a bitter winter in muddy, impoverished, skulking, guttering Ayrshire. Caught between the arrogant presumption of nouveau riche scum-bags playing “who’s the queen” on an arbitrary windfall and the vulgar depredations of the illiterate masses, three geniuses, drunk against the cold, dispute the titles to an ancestral cottage while the rich give head.

 

 

Gone to the Shops

A hairy marine monstrosity taps out something approaching a house riff on a ruptured harmonium while provisions are collected from Lidl and the local Freemasons ‘grease up their boards’. Gnarly.

 

Wintertime Blues

A blues about the winter. Composed in the Shithouse.

 

Prelude in D Minor (Something More Than Red Blood Flowing)

Wordless, meaningless, nice coffeetable music if you can afford one. With a fundamentally Marxist tonality.

 

 

Beyond the Bed

The lyrical content to this song is as universal as commerce, touted at you non-stop down the radio-hooter and blared into your instruction-tanks, the voyeurs of society proclaim the necessity of fleshy human companionship for the sake of normal development, happiness, fulfillment, salvation! Punch and the Apostles took the executive decision to cash in on that most lucrative of subjects – interpersonal relationships. Check-books at the ready consumers, is this a taste of things to come?

 

Baptist Jones

Well Baptist Jones was a darling man but a greedy grasping adventurer, he spent his life on the open road and his face was scarred and his teeth had fur. Something out of the dusty vaults, never intended for the light of evaluation. Listen out for the percussive cutlery.

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Green Door Studio: The Green Door Studio

1990s – Orleans in Jeans  ::  Jacob Yates & The Pearly Gate Lock Pickers – Black Dog  ::  Casual Sex – The Sound of Casual Sex  ::  Wife vs Secretary – Ra Ra Girls  ::  The Thomas Brothers – Wooden Heart  ::  Charles Of The Ritz – Butterfly  ::  Sons & Daughters – Giallo  ::  She’s Hit – RE:PEATER  ::  Ra Ra Girls  ::  Ultimate Thrush Vs Blue Sabbath Black Fiji – Bodyshine  ::  Remember Remember – Ghost Frequency

Orleans In Jeans

1990s

It’s good to have the 1990s back and they certainly haven’t lost their ear for an irresistible tune with this brand new song, recorded during their recent album sessions at the Green Door. Keep an eye out for it…

The Black Dog

Jacob Yates & The Pearly Gate Lockpickers

From their wonderful debut album ‘Luck’ (Re:peater) is a smoldering searing joy taking you from the depths of despair to the righteous highs of fizzy drinks, and everything in-between.

The Sound of Casual Sex

Casual Sex

Green Door’s own Sam Smith’s new band may not be a wise choice to google (unless you’re feeling particularly lonely) but their lithe and taut post-punk sound is worth so much more than a one night stand.

Ra Ra Girls

Wife vs Secretary

Wife’s Versus Secretary’s Charlie Milne possesses one hell of a set of vocal chords and plays piano like a possessed Tom Waits. This carnival ride of a song with its thundering strip tease rock’n’roll is a great wee taster from the sessions for the album.

Wooden Heart

The Thomas Brothers

We got to live out our Joe Meek fantasies (well, apart from shooting our landlady) when this talented Glasgow/Edinburgh duo came in to record their excellent album. Hauntingly beautiful, like the soundtrack to a lost Lynch film.

Butterfly

Charles of The Ritz

Getting theanalogue gear peaking into the red: the sound of the Mary Chain giving the Television Personalities a serious kicking. If you listen carefully you can just about make out the ghostly tune that will haunt you long after the song has finished.

Giallo

Sons & Daughters

Great to hear Glasgow’s very own Sons & Daughters back again exploring the darker territory that made us love them in the first place. Excellent stuff from their new Domino album ‘Mirror Mirror’ recorded in the Green Door and produced by Optimo’s Twitch.

Re:peater

She’s Hit

Sleazy, sweaty and drenched in melodic feedback, this is the soundtrack to The Cramps gone surfing with Iggy Pop in Saigon. Like a rumble in the jungle crashing an apocalyptic beach party, their debut album ‘Pleasure’ (Re’Repeater) has been garnering w

Bodyshine

Ultimate Thrush vs Blue Sabbath Black Fiji

Glasgow’s two finest exponents of white noise got together in the Green Door studio and gob-smacked us with over an hour’s worth of improvised material. Like Can jamming with Funkadelic, this was one of many highlights from the unreleased session.

Ghost Frequency

Remember Remember

Glasgow’s multi-layered loop magician Grahame Ronald takes his band on a near nine minute epic motorik journey with this beautiful track taken from the bands Scorpii EP released on Rock Action at the end of 2010.

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The tracks, in the words of the team at Green Door Studio:

1990s – Orleans in Jeans

It’s good to have the 1990’s back and they certainly haven’t lost their ear for an irresistible tune with this brand new song recorded during their recent album sessions at the Green Door. Keep an eye out for their excellent new album when it comes out later on in the year.

Casual Sex – The Sound of Casual Sex

Green Door’s Sam Smith’s new band may not be a wise choice to google (unless you’re feeling particularly lonely) but their lithe and taut post-punk sound is worth so much more than a one night stand. 

Charles of The Ritz – Butterfly

This brilliant new unsigned four piece from the borders had all of our analogue gear peaking well into the red. The sound of the Mary Chain giving the Television Personalities a serious kicking, and if you listen carefully you can just about make out the ghostly tune that will haunt you long after the song has finished.

Jacob Yates & The PGLP’s – Black Dog

It was a daunting prospect trying to capture the unhinged intensity of one of Scotland’s finest live bands on tape but we shouldn’t have worried. Their wonderful debut album ‘Luck’ (RE:PEATER) is a smoldering searing joy taking you from the depths of despair to the righteous highs of fizzy
drinks, and everything in-between. 

Remember Remember – Ghost Frequency

Glasgow’s multi layered loop magician Grahame Ronald takes his band on a near nine minute epic motorik journey with this beautiful track taken from the bands Scorpii EP released on Rock Action at the end of 2010.

 

She’s Hit – Re:Peater

Sleazy, sweaty and drenched in melodic feedback, this is the soundtrack to The Cramps gone surfing with Iggy Pop in Saigon. Like a rumble in the jungle crashing an apocalyptic beach party, their debut album ‘Pleasure’ (RE:PEATER) has been garnering well deserved excellent reviews right
across the board.

Sons & Daughters – Giallo

Glasgow’s very own Sons & Daughters are back, here exploring the darker territory that made us all love them in the first place. Excellent stuff from their new Domino album ‘Mirror Mirror’ recorded in the Green Door and produced by Optimo’s Twitch.

The Thomas Brothers – Wooden Heart

We got to live out our Joe Meek fantasies (well, apart from shooting our landlady) when this talented duo based half in Glasgow and half in Edinburgh came in to record their excellent album.  Like the soundtrack to a lost David Lynch film this is hauntingly beautiful stuff.

Ultimate Thrush Vs Blue Sabbath Black Fiji – Bodyshine

Glasgows two finest exponents of white noise got together in the Green Door studio and gob-smacked us with over an hours worth of improvised material.  Coming over like Can jamming with Funkadelic this was one of the many so far unreleased highlights from that session.

 

Wife vs Secretary – Ra Ra Girls

Wife v Secretary’s Charlie Milne possesses one hell of a set of vocal chords and plays piano like a possessed Tom Waits. This carnival ride of a song with its thundering strip tease rock’n’roll is a great wee taster from the first of the album sessions that they’ve just started in the studio.

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Mid February Roundup

Happy Pancake Day, you lovely lot.  Apropos of nothing more than an egg, some plain flour and a dash of milk, we thought it time to present another quick roundup of stuff and things music related on the internet.  We know you like to keep your finger on the pulse and we are here to help.

We’ve already established that this is the anniversary of the day the first pancake was tossed back in Nazareth all those years ago, but here in 2012 it also happens to be the night when the British music industry finally rewards Adele for being so lovely by holding the Brit Awards in her honour.  Gossip blog Hecklerspray are celebrating this momentous occasion with a game of Brits Bingo, which sounds jolly fun.  See their website for information on how to play along.

Back in 1982, winner of the best British Album award at the aforementioned ceremony was none other than Adam ‘Prince Charming’ Ant.  Now, thirty years later, he tells the Grauniad his top tips on how to be a successful pop star.

And who is this we see before us, a contender for Ant’s pop throne?  No, it’s Eugene Twist, a Glasgow artist interviewed here on the Kowalskiy blog.  The fact he has an excellent name surely means he is destined for stardom.  Meanwhile Fence Records, no strangers to the world of unusual pseudonyms, have announced the line-up for a new festival in St Andrews. It’s called Eye o the Dug (well, why not) and features King Creosote, KT Tunstall, Errors and Hot Chip amongst many others.

Free music now, because this is the internet generation and nobody is willing to pay for anything anymore.  EdRock.net reports you can now download acoustic tracks played at Edinburgh student radio station Fresh Air from the past two years, here.  Meanwhile The Pop Cop links to a selection of artists from across the globe as part of the ongoing Music Alliance Pact.

Closer to home now, where the Clear Minded Creative (the blogger behind Products of a Gaseous Brain) chats to FOUND and Aidan Moffat about new ways of combining music and storytelling.  What an exciting glimpse into the future, we are sure you will agree.

Less promising future-wise is the news of further Edinburgh venue closures, at Cabaret Voltaire and The Bongo Club.  Nick Mitchell of The Scotsman’s Radar blog looks into the reasons behind this and tries to find a silver lining, here.

But we don’t want to leave on such a depressing note so finally, do you like goths?  Do you like trees?  Well why not visit Goths Up Trees.net.  It does exactly what it says on the tin.  Brilliant.

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