Tye Die Tapes’ 21st release from outside songcrafter Slushy Guts (Dignan Porch)
Announces “Qualms (+3 songs)” EP
Due 22nd June on Sheffield’s Tye Die Tapes
Stream and pre-order here: https://tyedietapes.bandcamp.com/album/qualms-3-songs
Slushy Guts is the stage name of prolific outsider songcrafter Steve Keane. The London-based former drummer for Dignan Porch (Captured Tracks, Faux Discx) has spent ten years deconstructing and reconstructing, sampling and resampling. During this time he has shared bills nationally and internationally with Kelley Deal, Xiu Xiu, Mt. Eerie, The Rebel, Future Islands and more. Steve draws diverse influences from The Fall, James Brown, The Birthday Party, The Mummies, Guided by Voices and Butthole Surfers.
2018 finds him stumbling into the Tye Die Tapes fold with “Qualms (+3 songs)“, an EP which gathers together the fragmented, sample-based “Qualms”, with the melodic synthesiser meanderings of “(+3 songs)”.
“Qualms” is a collection of movments set amongst clusters of broken down samples and stream of consciousness; melody is implied but never stated outright. The drumming is frenetic, the rants are rambling and the tales of catsitting are nightmarish. Hear Steve observe, commentate and document as (in his own words) a “Toasty as fuck, cardi-clad tough man berates middle class geeks on two-wheeled scooter things in the street.”
“(+3 songs)” sees Steve meditating on repetitive low fidelity synthesiser lines, slowly contorting and layering them to dissonance. It’s lofi hip-hop without the beat, or the rapping; the death knell of a well used and well-loved tape machine.
Qualms was originally released in 2017 and occasionally features Luke Walsh (also formerly of Dignan Porch). The initial cassette run is limited to 30 copies and is the first of many releases to come from Tye Die Tapes in 2018.
Side A – “Qualms”
Catsitting/Bounce/Area/Acting like an Angry Actor/Personal Hygiene Standards/Hiders Get Out/Dr. Butcher, M.D./Get Out Pt.II/My Future/Bounce II/Evesdropping 11:58
Side B – (+3 Songs)