‘Unpop’ was released on the Scottish label ‘Total’ in 1991. The Album contains tracks the group had written and performed throughout European/East European tours.

People:

Miles Miles: Guitars & Various Instruments.
Simon Crab: Electronics, Various instruments & voice.
Owen If: Drums & Percussion.
Kif Cole: Percussion & Live Sound.

Bourbonese Qualk camping in front of the Reichstag, Berlin 1988.

Bourbonese Qualk camping in front of the Reichstag, Berlin 1988.

Reviews:

Although they have been largely ignored in this country, Bourbonese Qualk are one of the most popular english groups in Europe and ‘Bo-Qu’ their collection of material gathered from 1982-1991 gives everyone here a chance to catch up. some of the tracks are taken from the bands half a dozen lp’s and others are live or previously unavailable recordings. that they are not represented in chronological order suggests this album is designed to show BQ’s tireless musical intensity rather than their development throughout the eighties. from the ugly dub funk of ‘shutdown’ and the latin rumblings and savaged vocals of ‘gag’, two of the older tracks to the evil hip hop beats of last years ‘let it go’ BQ flaunt a fascination with rhythm and noise. these are juxtaposed with minimal but no less compulsive soundscapes like the spooky ‘under the influence’ which appears on their new LP ‘Unpop’, ‘glass works’ played live on a variety of glass objects and ‘return to order’. the tender guitar work of the latter is reminiscent of early Durutti column but a wailing clarinet engineers a disturbing twist. apart from a couple of laboured experiments, Bo-Qu’ is an admirable compilation and it is a pity that BQ will never be as well known here as on the continent just because they can’t confirm to any musical category or trend. their Unpop tunes are unique.full credit to them push

Miles Miles (digging) & Simon Crab by the Donnau, Vac, Hungary 1989.

Miles Miles (digging) & Simon Crab by the Donnau, Vac, Hungary 1989.

Despite the title, this album isn’t just the Qualk at their most abrasive (for which, read: “they shout a lot”): if anything it’s the most “pop” that I’ve heard them. Three Man Junta, for example mixes jazz / rock rhythms with brass and string sounds that sound very Middle Eastern; M25 has a very tuneful keyboard to give it direction; and Propane uses repetitive rhythms and keyboards in a very romantic manner. The noise is still there, with the frantic This and the deeply groovy NVLRN being the best examples of B.Q.’s dance-rock rhythms (predating too many others) and Simon Crab’s distinctive fuzzy hollering. Other tracks stick to a gentler sound, bringing in some excellent acoustic guitar and Jon Hassell-like trumpet, but it’s Owen Rossiter’s complex, expert drumming that holds everything together. I’m not especially a Bourbonese Qualk fan, but this is a great album, very musical, full of variety, and definitely worth hearing. Perfect music for travelling with, incidentally. [Total F.I., PO Box 284, Glasgow G14 9TW] BD

On the DDR/CZ Border 1988 (Lucia Pinto, Kif Cole, Miles Miles, Crab).

On the DDR/CZ Border 1988 (Lucia Pinto, Kif Cole, Miles Miles, Kif Cole,  Crab).

Tracks:

  1. Vac  (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion. Miles Miles; Guitar. Owen If; Drums & Percussion.)
  2. Post Crash High (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Voice. Miles Miles; Guitar. Owen If; Drums & Percussion.)
  3. M25 (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion. Miles Miles; Guitar. Owen If; Drums & Percussion.)
  4. Seven Eleven (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion. Miles Miles; Guitars, Trumpets.)
  5. Our Great Car Economy (Simon Crab; Flute. Miles Miles; Guitars, Trumpet, Percussion.)
  6. Nvlrn (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Voice. Miles Miles; Guitar. Owen If; Drums & Percussion.)
  7. Miramar (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion. Miles Miles; Guitar.)
  8. Three Man Junta (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Violin. Miles Miles; Guitar.)
  9. This (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Voice. Miles Miles; Guitar. Owen If; Drums & Percussion.)
  10. Gridlock (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion. Miles Miles; Guitar.)
  11. No Easy Answer (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Voice. Miles Miles; Guitar. Owen If; Drums & Percussion.)
  12. Westblock (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion. Miles Miles; Guitar.)
  13. Under The Influence (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion. Miles Miles; Guitar.)
  14. Propane (Simon Crab; Electronics, Electronic Percussion, Melodica. Miles Miles; Guitar.)

(Download the whole album as a .zip archive)

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