A CD compilation of live recordings from 1986-1991 recorded in Eastern and Western Europe.

People:

Miles Miles: Guitars & Various Instruments.
Simon Crab: Electronics, Various instruments & voice.
Owen If: Drums & Percussion.
Kif Cole: Percussion & Live Sound.
Karl John: Drums & Percussion
Akhbar Zekrya: Tabla & Percussion
Dave Sutherland: Drums.

Reviews

We were berated something rotten by one of our subscribers (ex!) for giving Qualk’s latest techno offerings such good reviews. no doubt our beloved reader (ex) will be creaming himself over this slice of the past. yes the past but that’s another story….dare i mention the “i” (industrial) word in comparison to some of Qualk’s past works? i know i will reap the savage tongue of mr crab, but on tracks such as “Keep Pushing” recorded live here in 1991, it is the spirit of t.g living savagely on, no complaints here though, i might add. Bourbonese Qualk though have never been easy to tie down, as their vast back catalogue illustrates, running off at a tangent on a whim of it’s taskmaster. perplexingly diverse and so often frustrating because of it. experimentalists who played around with noise and rhythm and even on occasion, put together a song or two (the excellent “My Government Is My Soul” and example from which “Guilt” is raged live here). glass percussion, pseudo-ethnic jazz, eastern mantras, electronic highs/lows, synthetic growls all are evident in slices of raw scar tissue. but definitely no techno! the ghosts are obviously being laid to rest, time to move on, the band have, so maybe there is a lesson to be learnt?

dd.

‘Impulse’ Magazine. UK 1993. Bourbonese Qualk “Feeding The Hungry Ghost” CD

From the quietly atmospheric opening on ‘nuncamais’ to the percussive chaos of ‘vostok’, bq have assembled a shifting collage of electronic sounds that condenses five years worth of live performances throughout europe into a timeless stemless totality. masterfully assembled like a buroughs cut-up, the pieces have been skillfully juxtaposed with each other and within the album as an integrated whole. listening to it, we are wheeled between hi-tech and lo-tech, atmospheres and abbrassive rhythms- all mixed together with the adepts sleight of hand. percussion thunders or patters behind screaming synths, polyphonic sequencers, spidery egyptian guitars and harsh barking vocals. a magical spell-a portrait of the shimmering mask of maya in which the present dissolves like smoke under the flexing ecstatic pulses and weaving hedonistic textures of Bourbonese Qualk. highly recommended.

dm mitchell

Tracks:

  1. Nuncamais (Live at the ‘EPE’ Paris 1991).  (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Flute. Miles Miles; Guitar. Dave Sutherland; Drums & Percussion.)
  2. Keep Pushing (Live at Berlin University, Berlin 1991).  (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Voice. Miles Miles; Guitar. Owen If; Drums & Percussion.)
  3. Metroland (Live at the LaermStruktur Festival, Ravensburg, West Germany 1987).  (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Clarinet. Owen If; Drums & Percussion.)
  4. Glass Works (Live at the ANiki Bobo, Porto, Portugal 1987).  (Simon Crab; Glass. Miles Miles; Glass. Owen If; Glass. Kif Cole; Live Sound.)
  5. Westblok (Live at the ‘EPE’ Paris 1991).  (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion. Miles Miles; Guitar. Dave Sutherland; Drums & Percussion.)
  6. Stalker (Live at the ‘Agora’ Bydgoszcz, Poland 1988). (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Voice. Miles Miles; Guitar. Owen If; Drums & Percussion.)
  7. Mano-A-Mano (Live at the ‘Hungarocarrot’ Festival, Petoficarnosk, Budapest, Hungary 1990). (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion. Miles Miles; Guitar.)
  8. This Will Fall (Live at the ‘U Convalinko’, Prague, Czechoslovakia 1988). (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Voice. Miles Miles; Guitar. Owen If; Drums & Percussion.)
  9. The Quiet 3 (Live at ‘Sala Acazar’, Sevilla, Spain 1993). (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion. Miles Miles; Guitar. Owen If; Drums & Percussion.)
  10. Postcrash High (Live at the ‘Batschkapp’, Frankfurt A.M, West Germany 1988). (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Voice. Miles Miles; Guitar. Owen If; Drums & Percussion.)
  11. Guilt (Live, Stuttgart, West Germany 1989). (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Voice. Miles Miles; Guitar. Owen If; Drums & Percussion.)
  12. Vostok (Live at the ‘Frigorífico de Bacalhau’, Porto, Portugal 1989). (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion. Miles Miles; Guitar. Owen If; Drums & Percussion.)

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