All the money raised from the sales of this album will go to Trident Ploughshares, a campaign which aims to get rid of Britain’s nuclear weapons by peaceful and non-violent direct action. All the bands involved generously donated their tracks for free. Here’s a bit more about them:
Aereogramme were a Glasgow-based band, signed to Chemikal Underground, who released some incredible music between 1999 and 2007. ‘Fireworks‘ is taken from their early and hard-to-find ‘Glam Cripple’ EP. Two of the band’s former members, Craig B and Iain Cook, now make music together as The Unwinding Hours. Another track on Deep Peace, ‘Sunshine Sometimes (the unadmitted remix)‘ is a remix I did of a 1996 track by Les Tinglies, a band both Craig and Iain were in long before Aereogramme came along.
Oldsolar are another Glasgow-based band, led by uber-genius Mark Russell, which I used to be a member of. ‘This Golden Mile (melonhaus mix)‘ is a remix of a track from our 2000 album ‘Many Visitors Have Been Gored by Buffalo’. The remix was done by Tom McGarrigle, who at the time was making music under the name Melonhaus, and is now in the band Blacktzar.
Mark Russell also contributed two more tracks to ‘Deep Peace’: ‘Delivier‘ (as alicebelts) and the gorgeous final track ‘When You’re Wronged‘ (as tenyards). The latter is a song he played at my wedding (with fellow Oldsolar alumni Fay, on cello) and the version on this album is the actual recording made on my wedding day
Lewis Blair (another member of Oldsolar) also contributed the track ‘Failure to Comply‘ to Deep Peace.
Brahm is Washington DC-based electronic artist and producer Chaz Barber. He has released two albums, ‘A Thousand Curves’ (which ‘Autumn’s Metronome‘ is taken from) and ‘Built to be Brought Down’. He has also performed with The Out_Circuit (more on them later) and released a gorgeous collaborative album of downtempo electronica with Nathan Burke called ‘Night is Invisible‘.
Frog Pocket is the pseudonym of one John Charles Wilson from Ayr. He combines folk with electronica and has been making his own unique brand of music since the mid-1990′s. I first came across him when he was playing at Glasgow’s 13th Note on the same night as I was playing there as part of Oldsolar. Not long after that I bought his ‘Caric Kills’ CD from Missing Records (RIP) in Glasgow and particularly loved his track ‘Underwood Ladykirk’. Sometime later, I had a very strange dream one night, about which I wrote some lyrics as soon as I woke up. Weirdly enough, as I heard them in my head they were sung to the tune of ‘Underwood Ladykirk’. I recorded what I had done, sent it to John for his approval and ‘Underwood Ladykirk/Born Yesterday‘ was born. Here it is:
Spare Snare – I first met Jan Burnett from Spare Snare when we both worked in Glasgow’s now defunct Virgin Records store in Buchanan Street. I remember giving him a copy of my first 7″ single, in exchange for which he gave me pretty much the entire Spare Snare back catalogue. I told him I had been played by John Peel and he then told me that they had recorded an entire Peel session. It was clear I was in the presence of a Scottish lo-fi indie rock god. We’ve kept in touch over the years and Spare Snare very generously donated their track ‘Taking on the Sides‘ to Deep Peace. More recently, I contributed some vocals to a track by The Grand Gestures, the new collaborative electronica project led by Jan.
The Gena Rowlands Band, led by Bob Massey (pictured), are a band from the USA who have released three albums on Lujo Records, one of which was co-released by Autoclave Records – ‘La Merde et les Etoiles‘, which ‘Kong Meets His Maker (A Parable about Dating)‘ was taken from. Their most recent album, ‘Flesh and Spirits’ is UTTERLY AMAZING and you should go and buy it right now (after you’ve bought Deep Peace of course). I hope they make some more music soon…
Slow Storm - a long time ago I lent my friend Richard my four-track cassette recorder. One of the recordings he made on it was a short vocals-only phrase he had woken up with after a dream. Once I got the four-track back, I sampled the phrase, time-stretched it, added some woozy distorted bass guitar, a drum sample and ended up with ‘Unborn Children‘. I still really love this song. Maybe a Slow Storm album would be a good idea one day…
The Out_Circuit are a Seattle-based band who have released two albums, ‘Burn Your Scripts, Boys‘ (co-released by Autoclave Records and Lujo Records) and ‘Pierce the Empire with a Sound’. I once met Nathan Burke and his wife Rachel (both of whom are in The Out_Circuit) at a wedding celebration in Tennessee. He was a very nice man (and presumably still is) and he kindly gave me a copy of an album by Frodus, the band he was in before The Out_Circuit. Actually, now I come to think of it, Bob from The Gena Rowlands Band was there too. And the guy who got married was Richard (sometime member of Slow Storm and fellow Autoclave Records head honcho). That was a great day. Anyhoo…
Apologist is the pseudonym of London-based Scottish ambienteer (is that a word?) Philip Doak, who I met a long time ago while we were both studying music. Now based in London, Philip has released an album on the Essentia Mundi label entitled ‘We’re on Vapour Cougar’ – and very good it is too. Philip recorded ‘Not in Control‘ especially for the Deep Peace compilation.
And that’s it! Thanks again to all the bands who contributed their tracks for free. Here is where you can listen to and buy the Deep Peace compilation on download or CD:
And don’t forget if you pay £5 or more for Deep Peace, you’ll receive a free download code for a copy of an exclusive bonus EP of Calamateur remixes.