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- Rupert The Sky by Bilge Pump
9/10 Brian Staff review, 28 March 2008Whilst trying desperately to stem a hangover from seeing Bilge Pump (for about the 12th time) last night, I decide the best cure is probably slap their new album on loud. Really fucking loud. The last one wasn't much cop i mutter to myself. It was recorded in a bin for 8 pence and a used kebab I chuckle. Well local legend Richard Formby (who's done the deed on waxings by Cud, Hood & The Telescopes amongst many others) has earned himself a pint from this man's pocket! When I first saw th' Pump years back i gawped, blinked & shook my baldie head and exclaimed WHERE on earth did they get that drummer? HOW does he DO that? They're the tightest, wildest 3 piece free jazz post hardcore juggernaut i've (still) ever seen. Somewhere (very loosely) between Rush, Trans Am, At the Drive In & Morcambe & Wise with an irreverent dose of knowing humour, they snake, contort, bend backwards, spiral into sludgey mayhem then kick you in the face whilst consistently making your body buckle & your feet burn the floor. Or they just freeze you to the spot in shock. You feel like laughing, it's such a delightful funky noise. Folks LOVE them round here. they truly are Leeds best kept secret. That's why 'Rupert The Sky' has made my week (if not year) It's a spirited gallop through some songs they've been barking at people for a few years now from squatted council buildings to plush clubs. They don't care. The noise wins every time. The guitar squalls & growls like an insane wasp in a loudhailer, the bass grumbles like it's having a heated conversation with a mountain and the drums. The drums. Oh...the drums. Honestly, you get the chance to see these boys play, get RIGHT down the front (they won't bite - promise!) and watch Neil Turpin play. He's like John Bonham on acid. The lyrics are just great too, absurdist & conversational and decidedly British. Not bad for a band who've taken the history of US alt rock and thrown it up in a dayglow fountain. I'm hoping this could be an AOTW here at the towers. If not, i implore you all to buy it anyway. Thankyou Gringo (and the aforementioned Mr Formby) for finally representing this superb group adequately. CD/LP
10/10 Nick B. Customer review,
Every song on here is killer. Living in Leeds, I've seen Bilge Pump have an audience in raptures countless times (the labels blurb does not lie when it says they blow other bands off stage), but when I got the album, I thought this probably won't receive too many listens as I see them live a fair bit and so sitting down to hear the record could never really compare... I was totally wrong. The amount I've played this record has really surprised me, I've had this a fair few weeks and it's been played more than anything I've bought for years.The drummer IS one of the best in the world right now - apparently he once had a nervous break down and played with no shoes for 24 hours straight. The guitarist is also one of the best and most original guitarists I've ever seen - he also builds amps that bands all over the world snap up (comets on fire, trans am, fucking champs...) - so their sound is deadly. The bassist is no slouch either. Needless to say, these guys have their shit together - tightest band you could ever see without ever being loosing that anything-could-happen edge.In this day and age, people are always moaning about the relentless barrage of really shit music hitting the cyber shelves every week. So little of it ever really grabs you - well here is a British band, with an undeniably British charm - even if a lot of their favourite bands (Butthole Surfers, Lungfish, Trumans Water etc...) are American, that make music that will still be talked about in 20 years. Probably considered more than any other to be the most important British DIY band around right now by certain underground circles across the country. Don't snooze on this folks.
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