Bad Meat, Lucid Dream

Chris Rotter was the guitarist on the 2010s live band version of Two Lone Swordsmen and plays on the Wrong Meeting albums and Andrew’s solo record from 2009 A Pox On The Pioneers. He has his own outfit, The Bad Meat Club. This song, 86’d, was previously only available on one of Andrew’s 6 Music 6 Mix shows, a shimmering, pulsing piece of music from the point where kraut, psyche and shoegaze crossover. With the blessing of Andrew’s family Chris has made it available at Bandcamp with the proceeds going to MIND. It’s five and a half minutes of joy that you’ll come back to time and again.

Play it back to back with this for some Friday in lockdown fun. The Lucid Dream, Carlisle’s finest acid house/ noise rock four piece, had plans to release a new album this year which have been scuppered by Coronavirus but they’ve put out a new song anyway, something to whet the appetite. Sunrise is seven minutes of acid house, thumping drums, acid squiggle madness, synthlines and energy rush.

I’m Still Dreaming

One of Primal Scream’s finest post-Screamadelica moments is this one, Autobahn 66 (from 2002’s Evil Heat album). Ignore the title, the song’s a beauty, a shimmering krautrock groove, ticking and hissing drums and a cooler than fuck bassline, spacey synths and melodies beamed in from out there. Over this Bobby whispers his stream of consciousness- dreaming, always dreaming, dreaming my life til the day that I die, colours so beautiful, softer than silk. It’s no surprise that the desk was being manned by Weatherall (with then fellow Swordsman Keith Tenniswood).  My virtual friend Chris Mackin laid down the bass part and then in his own words ‘went out til 5 am celebrating’.

Autobahn 66 (album version)

According to Discogs there was a promo release of Autobahn 66 that had a 7 minute 26 second instrumental version. If anyone’s got it, I’m right here. The single version I bought contained the Radio Edit and an Alter Ego remix of Autobahn plus Substance D. This is a top notch single release, well worth whatever I paid for it 16 years ago. Alter Ego are a duo from Dramstadt in Germany and their remix is less cosmic, more mechanical, and yes, more Teutonic.

Autobahn 66 (Alter Ego Remix)

Substance D is Weatherall’s remixed version of the album track A Scanner Darkly (also from Evil Heat and produced by himself and Tenniswood). Substance D is deliciously dirty mutant funk built around the same drum machine that powers Autobahn 66.

Substance D

Nocturne

Chris Mackin (also Chris Rotter of Le Volume Courbe, the live band version of Two Lone Swordsmen and his own Bad Meat Club) shared this over Christmas and then it got lost in amongst all the merrymaking. Eleven and a half minutes of sonic adventuring and dancehall vibes, turning cosmiche at five thirty and then building.

La Maison

Those of you with good memories may recall that last year I wrote about Le Volume Courbe, an experimental London based group centred around French singer Charlotte Marionneau. There was an album called I Wish Dee Dee Ramone Were Here With Me which had two songs on it that I loved. This one…

…and this one…

I have recently come into possession of a remix of The House. Sonic Boom has gotten his mitts all over it and given it his noisy, droney treatment. However since drafting this post word has come through and I’ve been asked not to share that remix right now, so sorry, it’s not here. Having written most of the post I thought it was well worth sharing these two songs again. Enjoy.

Swordsmen On The Road

Back in the middle of the last decade Two Lone Swordsmen mutated into a live garage rock ‘n’ roll band with Andrew Weatherall on vocals, Keith Tenniswood on guitar and a bunch of friends helping out including Chris Mackin (Chris Rotter) on guitar and Nick Burton on drums. I saw them play at Sankey’s but have no photographs. Who took pictures at gigs in 2007? Not me. These two live songs from when they played Brighton have come my way recently and thought some of you might be interested. First up is their speedy cover of the Gun Club’s Sex Beat, which in studio version was on The Double Gone Chapel album.

Sex Beat (Live in Brighton)

Feast was on the Big Silver Shining Motor Of Sin ep, a four track vinyl release in 2004, a scuzzy, amped up tale of handing over cash to the doctor, over a building wall of sheet metal guitar noise. ‘Ein, zwei, drei, vier…’

Feast (Live in Brighton)

Rusty

The French vibe continues. Le Volume Courbe- Charlotte Mariounneau and her friends, people like Kevin Shields, Martin Duffy and Chris Mackin- have a new album out and there’s this lovely song on it, a shimmering ode to friendship. It sounds a bit like My Bloody Valentine after they got a little drunk and your idealised French girl wandered in and started singing over it. Everyone had a good time, hugged and had another drink. Tres bien.

The Volume Curve

The weekend and the presentation went very well. We caught up with lots of families we’ve met before and got introduced to new ones, dealing with diagnoses and disabled children and life limiting illness. It’s good but I’m feeling knackered and drained already and that’s not a good way to start the week.

Chris Rotter, round here recently as a member of The Patti Yang Group and Two Lone Swordsmen’s guitar wrangler,tipped me off to this song he’s involved with by Le Volume Courbe. Led by French-born, London-based singer Charlotte Marionneau, Le Volume Courbe play sweet psychedelic pop and have previously recorded with Kevin Shields, Hope Sandoval and members of Primal Scream. This song, The House, is a beauty, all sun dappled and full of gorgeous melodies.

Ready For Dub

Last week I posted The Patti Yang Group’s I’m Ready, a smashing slice of summery house from Chris Mackin, Matty Skylab and Jagz Kooner. Quite a few of you seemed to approve. Chris has since provided this dub version, the romantically titled I’m Ready For Love Bog Dub.

 

I’m Ready

New and free to download from a group of sonic adventurers- Chris Mackin (Chris Rotter, guitarist for Andrew Weatherall or rather the man who says Andrew Weatherall is the singer in his band), Matty Skylab, Jagz Kooner (Sabres of Paradise, The Aloof) and sultry vocals by Patti Yang- is this very relaxed slice of Chicago house by way of the Balaeric Isles. Rooftop terrace. Sun on skin. Fag ends in empty beer bottles. Thumpy bass. Nice build up to the end. Classy.

Wrong Meeting

In the middle of the last decade Two Lone Swordsmen moved from making high quality machine funk to adding live guitars and bass and digging out the rockabilly and garage band influences, with Weatherall singing. In 2004 they put out From The Double Gone Chapel (which had a cover of the Gun Club’s Sex Beat) and then in 2007 the Wrong Meeting double set of albums in a lovely box with an art print and a t-shirt. In 2005 or 2006 they did a short tour as a ‘proper’ band including a gig at Sankey’s Soap which I attended. The picture shows them playing in Edinburgh. The Soundcloud player below is a live recording of the band playing the title track from Wrong Meeting at the Bloc Weekender, posted by TLS guitarist Chris Rotter. Very good too- dirty guitars, rolling rhythm, sleazy fun.

I think there was video footage of this somewhere on the net at some point but I can’t find it at the moment.