Pulco - Innovation In The Trade

by metal postcard records

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about

Its funny how albums come together . I'd started with an idea of recording a number of abstract live drum loops as a basis for each song after being inspired again by the awesome rhythms on Captain Beefhearts Trout Mask Replica.


I knew I'd end up with a set of gnarly off the wall guitar songs and I also made a decision not to use any acoustic guitar either. I found myself exploring the idea of monologues and short stories and was determined to find a way to include some of these on the album.

During my summer holidays I bought a book of poetry by Adrian Henri in a small bookshop in Aberaeron. His words were perfect for the edgy verbal approach that I had in mind and Ive actually used loads of his poems for lyrics on the album.

On a musical level a chance thought lead me back to listen again to a Fall CD that Id never really taken much notice of before.

My thoughts also drifted back to the cut & paste song writing approach of Pavement. I think that the sounds of both bands had a big part in the making of Innovation In The Trade.

In terms of an overall direction for the album, the final bridge that I crossed was to immerse myself in a growing love of all things DADA.
Part of the Dadaist manifesto says


"Reject reason and logic. Prize nonsense, irrationality and intuition"

That makes perfect sense to me. So now pass onward to Innovation In The Trade.


REVIEWS

Amid all of this album's seemingly disparate weirdness lies a common theme: the joy of trying something new…..There's no denying that this a strange, experimental album, but unlike some experimental albums, it
doesn't take itself too seriously. Cooke is experimenting for your enjoyment, not your discomfort, and even IITT's most confrontational moments will put a smile on your face.

THE ALBUM WALL BLOG

What we get is a Dadaist cut-and-paste sonic collision allied to some gorgeously melodic touches to make what will, I'm sure, turn out to be one of the best albums of 2015.

As if the narratives and snatched poetic stretches weren't fascinating enough, there are songs here that have the potential to stay in your head to the grave.

UNWASHED TERRITORIES BLOG

Pulco has touched many soft spots of mine. Firstly, he's from Wales, and like many folks I have a endearment to the underdog, even in a rivalry between nations and cultures, which makes Wales a romantic place in my mind. Secondly, the album art is a simple abstract piece that reminds me fondly of Wassily Kandinsky.

SPACEROCK MOUNTAIN BLOG

credits

released October 1, 2016

2016 Metal Postcard
2015 Pulco

Credits

All songs written by Ash Cooke

Thanks to Iona & the kids as always for their support & Nat Lyon for his
tireless & genuine enthusiasm !!

Nat also plays awesome guitar on A Cruel Heart.

The album was mastered as always by my old pal Dave Hirst who also played bass on The Blazing Hat pt 2


Finally I humbly acknowledge and pay gratitude to Liverpool poet Adrian Henri who's words feature heavily in the lyrics of the tunes on this album !

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