Amorphic Music presents…
Manchester-based feedback laden sludge doom noise-rock ensemble HOLY SCUM (Rocket Recordings), featuring PETER J TAYLOR (formerly of Action Beat) on guitar, GNOD co-founder CHRIS HASLAM on bass, JON PERRY (Shuck) on drums and the synths, production and vocals of legendary hiphop duo, DALEK’s MIKE MARE (aka MIKE MANTECA).
Taylor, Perry and Haslam came into each other’s orbit at Salford’s Islington Mill, an artist studio space and former venue where Haslam spent many years living as well as forging new frontiers in dark and heavy experimentalism with GNOD, and where Taylor and Perry were frequent visitors. Mare and Taylor, meanwhile, go back to 2007, with Action Beat having subsequently played numerous shows with the former’s solo project Destructo Swarmbots as well as Dälek. Taylor initially reached out to him to provide some guest vocals, but once the producer started opening up the tracks he found himself adding synths alongside his vocals, as well as twisting, contorting and layering up the group’s already lacerating fuzz into something even more behemothic.
The result is a thunderous tumult of sound – slabs of synapse – mangling noise that snarl their way through the scorched earth of Mare’s production.
Their album ‘Strange Desires’ is a record for the moment, and beyond. A celebration of collaborative spirit in all of its twisted forms, and a howl amidst a world fallen off its axis. Holy Scum are unflinching in their confrontation of it, meeting fire with fire on this most stunning debut.
“Disturbing, ugly and seductively compelling, Strange Desires is a near perfect end of days soundtrack” The Wire.
Support from solo drumming soundscaper JOEL C. MURRAY & the spoken word, industrial noise of POLEXIA.