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- Split by Gummy Stumps/ Vom
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This lavishly packaged little fella has a side each from two of Glasgow's most promising purveyors of misanthropy, Vom and Gummy Stumps. I'm not sure which side goes first so I'm starting with Vom. This is great! They specialise in slightly krauty psych rock with buried vocals and plenty of gnarly guitar tones and booming bass to keep it sounding like it's been made by humans. It's dark, heady, almost ritualistic psych rock...kind of like if Master Musicians of Bukkake tried to play Gnod covers or something I guess. I'm also hearing atmospheric elements of White Hills and Sylvester Anfang II in these rumbling incantations too, but there's always an steady stream on heavy and infectious riffs. In their side-closer Vampire's Kiss they riff up a right auld psychedelic whirlwind. I'd not heard these guys before but these are heavy bonging jams with hypnotic riffs and carefully constructed textures that all you stoner rockers are gonna lap up. Flip it and you've got Gummy Stumps offering seven songs of their concise minimal dual-vocal punk, with no instrumental accompaniment save a drumkit and a three-string guitar! The spacious, percussive feel to it is bringing to mind the Minutemen a little bit, but the Minutemen as played by Bilge Pump. I swear I can hear a bass in places. I bet one of his guitar strings is a bass string. The real focal of this band is the interplay between the two singers, though, with both of them giving quite a chatty Scottish delivery and often doing crazy Mike Anderson-esque whimpers and mutters and wails. The casual but catchy delivery is bringing to mind the Yummy Fur, too. The songs on their side are quite danceable indie punk numbers that would've slotted comfortably into the Leeds DIY scene a decade or so back. Basically both these bands are ace and this split gives a fascinating insight into what's going on in DIY north of the border.
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