‘Hope’ LP. Recloose Organisation LOOSE 007. 1984

The ‘Hope’ album was written and recorded by the group during 1983-1984 at their newly occupied headquarters, the notorious “Ambulance Station”. the Ambulance Station was an occupied 5 storey building in the roughest part of south london, which quickly became a nationwide centre for Anarchist events. Bourbonese Qualk performed there regularly and organised gigs, exhibitions film events etc. during the buildings 3 year occupation. This was the second vinyl album release from Bourbonese Qualk, tracks were later released on the “Bo-Qu” retrospective compilation.

Simon Crab: Electronics, Tapes, Guitars, Other Instruments.
Steven Tanza: Drums.
Julian gilbert: Voice, Instruments.

Peter Claessens. ‘Vinyl’ Magazine. The Netherlands. April 1984

Bourbonese Qualk “Hope” LP

The LP ‘Hope’ is without bounds, it is the hallucinating debut of Bourbonese Qualk, the hard-core of the Recloose Organisation record label. hope is a record with intensity that makes your pulse beat faster, it stops your breath, it makes your teeth chatter and your brain dizzy with excitement. hope is full of excesses, it is loaded with it but never too much, it gets you and drags you on. you will get from hope very clear views with a murdering vitality and a passionate deathly atmosphere, icy parts of filthy noise-so far throbbing gristle never managed to get such penetrating, powerful and significant sound. heavy metal percussion cuts through visionary areas, chunking bass accompanies the delayed orgasm of sunset sex and headstop. this is dripping emotion. this is feverish energy. this is music with balls.hope is coming off on icy heights.

Dave Henderson, ‘Sounds’ UK 1984

Three men with a mission. ‘Hope’ is the second album from South London’s Bourbonese Qualk who add new meaning to the phrase “don’t just do it B&Q it”. Last year’s ‘Laughing Afternoon’ was a grubby gem, a tormented election of tunes manhandled through the works. By contrast ‘Hope’ is much more finely tuned, more evenly directed, while still retaining the ability to change focus at will.

Borbonese Qualk are a mutant offspring. Firmly embedded on Virgin the would be P.I.L. – but better. Imported from Germany they would be discovered next year after they had split up. But they are here now. Finally escaping the blemishes of TG plagiarism, BQ fluctuate between a rough hewn Last few Days and a doom laden A Certain Ratio. IS that enough names to check them with? Try Frank Sinatra, they even have a touch of the old general’s timing too.

BQ are not pop stars, they are attacked at home by pissed off vigilantes because they are different. And that’s the crux. Forget the comparisons, BQ are BQ and ‘Hope’ is phenomenal. From the first inklings of pounding drums, BQ drag you all the way back to the good things of punk – Wire, that is – and spit it out with the best of them. They even play some stereo tricks on you, dear listener, best of all…no you’ve got to buy it to find out.

BQ play a  dangerous kind of body music. No thump-thump for maximum penetration on the dance-floor, just regular revolutions which stimulate the brain. BQ make it fun to listen to records again.

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Tracks:

(Download the whole album)

Side One:

  1. Erector (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Bass. Julian Gilbert; Voice. Steven Tanza: Drums.)
  2. Sunset Sex (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Bass. Julian Gilbert; Voice. Steven Tanza: Drums.)
  3. Invocation (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Bass. Julian Gilbert; Voice. Steven Tanza: Drums.)
  4. Cold Blood (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Tapes, Guitars. Julian Gilbert; Voice. Steven Tanza: Drums.)
  5. Headstop (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Bass. Julian Gilbert; Voice. )
  6. Mission England (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion,Tapes, Guitar. Julian Gilbert; Voice. )

Side Two:

  1. Dereliction (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Tapes, Bass, Violins.. Julian Gilbert; Voice. Steven Tanza: Drums.)
  2. Black Madonna (Simon Crab; Guitars, Violins. Julian Gilbert; Voice. Steven Tanza: Drums.)
  3. Gag (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Tapes, Bass. Julian Gilbert; Voice.Steven Tanza: Percussion.)
  4. Something In The Air (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Tapes, Guitars. Julian Gilbert; Voice.)
  5. There Is No Night (Julian Gilbert; Voice, Keyboard, Wind instruments, Percussion.)( Download the whole album as a .zip archive)
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2 Comments

  1. Irene gardiner

    I lived at the Ambulance station and have a vague memory of all this crazy music ! Sooo long ago!
    Was it recorded in the recording studio down stairs in the back yard? I had my ambulance parked next to it for one time! ?

    • admin42

      Hi Irene,
      Yes, we used the ground floor backyard space as a studio, and we lived on the third floor – I do remember an ambulance parked outside for a while; you lived in it? What happened to you? what’s you story?

      all the best

      Crab

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