"Throw in a whiff of English whimsy here, Zappa’s lyrical madness and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum's convoluted addiction to time changes. A dose of noise and puerility there (and prodigious musical talent) and you have an album that surprises and confounds." - Sittingnow.co.uk
"Sludge & Tripe" was recorded painstakingly between 2004 and 2008 in a number of derelict houses, basements and studios around London and Bristol, the collective's first album was then stitched together into a twisting, confronting DaDa-rock pronk-pop adventure. Compositions both ape and destroy conventional song structures, as spanners are dexterously jammed into the works.
Flirting between ferocious free-jazz improvisations, studio wizardry and meticulously mathematic performances, the album traverses a bizarre progressive landscape while still retaining pop-infused sensibilities. This provides footholds for the ear to cling to, before being pummelled with acrid rubble…
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"A grotesque, unsettling oddity, this dadaesque fever dream of an album has ‘potential cult hit’ daubed across its flanks in florescent orange paint, a collision of freeform jazz, progressive rock, funk, folk, country, alt rock and experimental poetry, brought together with playful abandon. " - Robert Sayce planet-loud.com
“Sludge and Tripe” is jaw-dropping stuff that excites; delights and disturbs in equal measure. Jack-knifing between the abrasiveness of Birthday Party and Gallon Drunk, the left-field inventiveness of Beefheart and Zappa, the music hall grotesque of Tiger Lillies, knockabout flute salads reminiscent of pixie-era Gong, the jazz artistry of Henry Cow the operatic heavy metal of System of a Down and a touch of good old English whimsy, “Sludge and Tripe” is an exhilarating distillation of the innovative, the dextrous and the downright clever
“A Hardboiled musical treasure” - ORGAN
"Dense and elaborate, almost airless" - The Sound Projector
"Skronking, blattering improv jazz, (with) dreamy choruses exploding into angular pointillist funk and horn-ridden pronk. Yessir, we be deep in oddball territory here. " - Bad Acid Magazine
"A hugely challenging but ultimately rewarding listen." -Echoesanddust.com
"music exploring the extraordinary realms" - progarchives.com
"to my ears it just sounds like an incoherent mess" -aidabet.com
released April 1, 2010
On Sludge& Tripe, Perhaps Contraption, Consist of
Squier Squier (vocals, guitar, flute, clarinet)
DeeDee Window (drums, percussion, vocals)
Pimi Mayfair (Bass, vocals)
Jack Attack (guitar, on 5, 7, 9, 10,11,16)
Mathew Johnston (Bass, Vocals on 5, 7,9,10,12)
Most of it written & churned around/up by this thing called Perhaps Contraption.
1,2,3,4,11,13,14 written, arranged & obsessed over by Squier Squier.
Tracks 3,4,6,7,11,15 & 16 were mixed & produced by Squier Squier with Andy Ramsey at Press Play, London, early 2008.
Track 12 produced by the Junk Scientist, summer 2005.
Tracks 5, 7 & 9 produced by Jeff Spencer Autumn 2004.
All the rest produced & fiddled by Squier Squier in various bedrooms.
Mastered by Alan Emptage, London, Winter 09/10.
Artwork by Dee Dee Window and Squier Squier
Album design by Squier Squier with the help of Daniel Ross. www.thisnow.co.uk
11 inspired by (the SUN) Carl Sagan & Death
15 " " diuretic effects of hot drinks.
16 " " blind faith, Chris Morris & social sludge
6 influenced by Export Processing Zones
7 " " Joe Snow & sensationalist media tripe
1 " " by stinky, bamboozling London
12 " " effusive friends & unashamed spontenaity
The rest inexorably pummeled by Sludge&Tripe, guitar landfill & equine hostility & various garnishes.
"brain dead kinds, swill life's brine"