Bilge Pump – We Love You
Long term linchpins of the Leeds DIY scene
If a band keeps it together for long enough music isn’t just made, it grows. Bilge Pump are at that point with ‘We Love You’, their first album in ten years and perhaps their most accessible one to date, accessible only because people are admitting that they were ready for them all this time, listening to the likes of Marc Riley and taking notice.
Long term linchpins of the Leeds DIY scene, they now follow their own paths; growing veg, running up hills, building musical paraphernalia. Every now and then the call goes out; the time comes to do another tour, put another record out. They have spent a while getting this album right, writing songs that describe a world where the council lets it rot and the kids make trouble, or sometimes music. A guy goes into a shed to build a guitar pedal and accidentally invents a time machine, ending up millennia back thinking about his future ex’s.
Complex drum and bass arrangements emerge and the songs have to be reconsidered. The guitar needs something… better build a couple of amps to get that just right. This stuff doesn’t come off the shelf. Back to the monolithic rhythm section, Finally Emlyn disappears up to his bedroom and records the vocals. Listen carefully and you can hear the cars drive by his window, and who let the cat on the mixing desk?