The return of George McFall

Now, I did write about this over at God Is In The TV, but it’s such a great track that I had to share it here as well.

George McFall has announced that he will release his new album XIV: Surrounder (sic)on February 1 next year. His last album God Save The Clean was released in 2012. It will be released on Tenement Records, who have also released acclaimed records by the likes of Aberfeldy and Dominic Waxing Lyrical.

Ahead of the album’s release, the first track to be made available is ‘Autumn.’
‘Autumn’ is a wonderfully dark single, fitting in perfectly as the nights seem to get ever longer, and fitting in with the peculiarly Scottish melancholia of the likes of Mogwai and Twilight Sad, and processed through the post-punk electric sounds of the likes of Gary Numan and John Foxx-era Ultravox. It has been described as a soundtrack to youthful oblivion; a moving reflection on age, death, rebirth and the passage of time. This is perfectly encapsulated by the video. The single is released on November 30.

The album was written and recorded by George at his Tottenham studio and Ali Moniak‘s Arcadia Audio studio in Edinburgh, and drums were played by Murray Briggs (Oi Polloi, Aberfeldy) and Ali Moniack (Kling Klang). The album was mixed by Aaron Cupples (the Drones, Civil Civic, Kirin j Callinan).

Amongst the titles unveiled so far for the album are covers of the main theme from the Incredible String Band‘s ‘A Very Cellular Song‘ and Dominic Waxing Lyrical’s ‘Change,’ ‘Practice,’ ‘Nargo‘ and album-closer ‘Norman.’

Album Review – Dominic Waxing Lyrical

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Dominic Waxing Lyrical -‘Woodland Casual.’ (Tenement)

The return of Dominic Harris has been a longtime coming. It’s been nearly eighteen years since the Edinburgh artist released his debut, self-titled album (now going for quite a lot of money on discogs). Those gigs in the past reportedly included blood, nudity, police raids and ‘shoddy transvestisism’ amongst other things.

This album is more band-orientated, and sees him joined by labelmates Riley and Murray Briggs of Aberfeldy and George McFall of Clean George IV (now trading as CGIV); at live gigs Aberfeldy bassist Ken McIntosh has joined the lineup. The album launch a few months ago indicated that this sophomore album from the man once described as punk Jake Thackeray was special, now it gets a full release and it most definitely is.

Quirky and deliciously dark, the album features songs in Waltz-time that suggest Tim Burton shuld look no fruther for the man to write the soundtrack to his next film. With song titled including ‘Scarecrow’ ‘End of the world’ and ‘Hell On Earth’ you know this is no set of demos for the next One Direction album, but rather that of a master maverick songwriter at work. My personal favourite is the sinister waltz that is ‘Janitor’ – but amongst the other highlights are ‘Thursday (Searching)’ and ‘Nightwatchman.’

A gorgeously, dark cult treat.

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Woodland Casual is released on February 2 by Tenement.

(re) presenting CGIV

I’ve featured Clean George IV on this blog in the past, the work of Edinburgh’s George McFall. His last album God Save The Clean was fantastic and featured at no.25 in my list of best albums of the year

He’s now trading as CGIV. He’s working on a new album from which you can hear and see the utterly thrilling ‘Autumn’ at the top of the page. CGIV is basically George McFall and in his own words ‘whoever he can find to play drums at the time of recording.’ George is currently finishing an album which he would like to think will be ready for release by spring 2015.

‘Autumn’ is released via Tenement Records on November 24.

Earlier this year he released ‘Change’ which is utterly different and can be heard and seen below:

I was pretty impressed by the lyrics for ‘Autumn’ too; so here they are in their entirety:

“hoods up for the long haul
inordinate animal
it’s time to put the child to bed
tame yourself in time for death

last stretch before surrender
undeserving also-ran
time to put your prices up
change yourself in time for luck

activate the five year plan
on the wagon, in the can
a perfect day to overcome
obstacles like love and fun

the grip of fear the knee jerk hate
vibrating nerves in vacant lots
the abstract comfort of aroma
brickdust and bergamot

there is no stone as deep as sleep
at least not for the living
no more fantasies to keep
me from going where i’m going

autumn in paradise
prepare the sacrifice

your every right to lose control
your right to be unreasonable
your right to moulder and to rust
your right to misjudge and mistrust

an autumn hue in everything you see and hear and say and do
the abstract comfort of perfume
of yesterday and soon to come

autumn in paradise
prepare the sacrifice
germanic discipline
a shadow of your future self

there is no stone as deep as sleep
at least not for the living
no more fantasies to keep
me from going where i’m going
after the rain we’ll start again
we’ll start mapping out an ending
a perfect day to pave the way
a perfect day to give up thinking”

Album Review – Clean George IV

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Clean George IV -‘God Save The Clean’ (Tenement Records)

…and you thought the Rob St. John album had been a bit of a while coming?

I remember being blown away by the Clean George IV single ‘First Blast Of The Trumpet Against The Monstrous Regiment Of Women’ and its’ attendant b-side ‘The Great Highland Crack Epidemic way back in 2007. Both tracks are included here in newly recorded form, on an album that features contributions from Aberfeldy’s Riley Briggs amongst others. George McFall has spent a long time getting this album together, but it’s a joy to these ears.

And if you expect it to sound like Aberfeldy…you are so far off the mark it’s not true. Instead this is an infectious mixture of glam ‘n’ sleaze, featuring liberal dollops of punk attitude and krautrock experimentalism. Riley Briggs’ love of Devo comes through here, and there’s a wry sense of humour, too. Not only does ‘First Blast…’ namecheck an infamous John Knox pamphlet, but you have to admire an anti-cocaine song that’s called ‘Real Men Take Speed’. Not to mention not only recording the credits as a track (which Aberfeldy did on their last studio album, Somewhere To Jump From) but sticking it in the middle of the album.

It’s an album to be played seriously bloody loud and danced around n a way that will horrify some and delight others. Repeatedly. The best things come to those who wait. Oh yes indeed…

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God Save The Clean is out now on download and limitred edition vinyl in January 2012.

Clean George IV ‘Real Men Take Speed’ by createspark

Keep Scotland Clean


Clean George IV are a scottish band that, I must be honest, I don’t know a huge amount about.

However, they have so far issued one very good single, entitled ‘First Blast Of The Trumpet Against The Monstrous Regiment Of Women.’ This is not enocuraging wind instrument related misogyny, but is the title of John Knox’s infamous pamphlet about women. As to the b-side, I don’t know when the great Highland Crack epidemic was, though Scotland has had its problems with drugs like most countries in the majority and minority worlds.

This is their first single, available on 7″ from HMV, and other stores (mine came from Fopp) and when you buy it, you also get to download the tracks for free (if only more bands did this, for those of us who like to have a physical product and like that to be vinyl. As well as owning iPods and not being able to afford USB turntables.)

Clean George IV -‘First Blast Of The Trumpet Against The Monstrous Regiment of Woman.’ mp3

Clean George IV -‘The Great Highland Crack Epidemic.’ mp3

Remember, if you like it go and buy it, and go and make friends with them at their mySpace page

And here’s a few more mp3s of Scottish bands that I thought I would post. Enjoy!

The Delgados -‘No Danger (Kids Choir Edit).’ mp3

Teenage Fanclub -‘Everything Flows.’ mp3

The View -‘Wasted Little DJs.’ mp3

The View -‘Superstar Tradesman.’ mp3

NB. These will be up for a week only. If you like them, BUY THEM.

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