Futurist Bags, Laurie Tompkins, Helena Celle

It’s been way too long since Neil Campbell came up to Glasgow and shared his free psychedic music. Futurist Bags are a new band, born from Astral Social Club duo jams; Neil Campbell with Adam Davenport from Vibracathedral Orchestra. The initial idea was for an Astral Social Club duo, but rehearsals have taken on a new life and evolved into an intersting two way collaboration, reimagining Astral sounds as if Vibracathedral was an acid house outfit. Neil’s shop.

Previous Astral Social Club recordings…

Laurie Tompkins (b.1990) is a UK composer, performer and co-director of the Slip label. Live, he does tanked songs – rotten, desperate vocals and instrumentals over thick, consoling samples. Bodies, things, words, and sounds strain under duress, looping their way through scenes of grubby presence, not-quite riff, mouldy echo, and swollen bombast.

His spring 2022 discs for Entr’acte, 33-33 and Hyperdelia are a thick, unruly soup of keys and computer with pianist Eliza McCarthy; a desperate suite of consoling, tanked songs with takes from Jess Hickie-Kallenbach, Teresa Winter, Gwilly Edmondez and videos by Joel Wycherley; and some dilated rotten soul with Eliza and Ashley Paul.

Laurie helms Slip, which has released music by Yeah You, Mica Levi, Julia Reidy, Bass Clef, Object Collection, Mentos Gulgendo, Chaines & Competition. Old releases of his own include ‘Ample Profanity’ (2018), with cellist Oliver Coates; ‘Heat, War, Sweat, Law’ (2016); and ‘Exorcise’ (2021), as Yes Indeed with bassist Otto Willberg, justly hailed as “proper, mad scones” (Boomkat).

Performances: Café Oto, Aldeburgh Music, Spike Island, Harp Art Lab (Harplinge) and National Sawdust (New York). Commissions: House of Bedlam, Daylight Editions, LSO Soundhub Scheme, ddmmyy and 840 series. Radio: specials for NTS and Resonance FM and a session with Adam Bohman recorded at Maida Vale studios, broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Helena Celle is Kay Logan, a multi-disciplinary artist, instrumentalist and sound engineer from Airdrie, now living in Glasgow. Her guitar and bass work in sweaty, thrashing outfits like Herbert Powell and Anxiety are an inverse corollary to the curious tapestries in which Otherworld takes shape. The preternatural stylistic sensibility Logan exhibits in all of her work isn’t limited to sound, either – she’s a prodigious visual artist with the kind of signature sartorial sensibility that could launch a thousand ships, or lookalikes. Logan’s Otherworld project is a musique concrete excursion likely to appeal to fans of Zoviet France or Coil.