Scottish independent label At War With False Noise provides an excellent snapshot of what’s happening in Glasgow’s underground music scene at the time of writing (the cursed year of 2020) with ‘Votive Offerings’. Includes a brace of tracks each from Charity Murder, Vom and Hausfrau and individual ones from Schalken and Cursed Image.
Limited Vinyl LP £9.99 ATWAR100
LP on At War With False Noise feat. Charity Murder, VOM, Hausfrau, Cursed Image, Schalken. Edition of 350 numbered copies in reverse board sleeve with insert.
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I know Halloween has just passed but if you’re still in the mood for some spooky music you’d do worse than with 'Votive Offerings', a wonderful little compilation from Glasgow’s At War With False Noise. The label wanted to showcase music they cared about in a way that cohered, and they have. This compilation works wonderfully, both as an album and as a way of introducing us to this part of Glasgow’s DIY scene.
What unites the tracks is a belief in the gothic and the industrial. Even when songs veer away from the usual trappings of those genres, they always share something of that spirit. Opener ‘Passing’ by Charity murder is our accessible way in; a patient and booming drum beat is matched with twanging and morose guitars - it kind of sounds like if you slowed down a song by The Cure. But at the other end of the spectrum are the likes of ‘D.M.T.’ by Vom which is basically a musique concrete track with a catchy bassline, and Schaklen’s ‘Ottonian Manuscript’ a bleakly atmospheric drone that I want to hear performed live on a meaty soundsystem.
If you’re looking for something between those two poles though there’s ‘Clean’ by Hausfrau. The track has a horrible distorted bass line, that is somehow coerced into something with a song structure. The band chant “if one hand washes the other, no hands will ever be clean” - dubious advice, especially at the moment, but presented with a detached authority to make me almost believe it. I suppose bad hygeine is quite spooky to be fair.
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