Quenching Nostalgia [Part One]

9 Apr

Wow.

Wow wow wow.

Wowowowowowwowooowowoowowoowoowwwowowwowoww.

Perhaps the most apt opening for this next post, because I really do believe that it best describes the recent Flyin’ Saucepan re-discovery of some of the finest music from the Ayrshire underground music archives. And it really does break my heart when I think that nobody outside of a select group of close musical friends from Ayr even know that it exists.

Tropical musical maverick Graeme Alfred James Wright began his musical life as an extremely accomplished funk-bass player, writing a handful of legendary (and unfortunately lost) tracks with exemplary funk-rock guitarist and composer Mark Dawson, under the name “Funkdust”. When the duo met up with psychedelic music aficionado and talented guitarist Mike Hastings, the group of three like-minded friends became collectively known as “The Psychedelic Funk Circus”, experimenting with elaborate sonic soundscapes using many interconnected guitar effects pedals, all the time underpinning their work with a solid funk bass and some serious whackachacka.

There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss the incredible music of The Psychedelic Funk Circus in later posts, but for those interested in researching the band, please head over to the archive MySpace page.

Back in 1997, I had managed to secure a Listmaker gig at the infamous Queen Margaret Union in Glasgow, back in the days when I was using the Amiga, Yamaha CS1x synth and drum machine alone. The Psychedelic Funk Circus also played, and were absolutely mind-blowing. As the night progressed and I began to play my own set, I became aware of a long-haired skinny figure lurking at the side of the stage. It was Graeme.

Listmaker Meets Quench

I had never met him at all up until this point. When I finished playing, he approached me.

“I really enjoyed your set!”, he remarked kindly. I was genuinely flattered, as I’d been closely watching his bass playing with the Funk Circus and was thoroughly impressed.

“I make electronic music too.”, said Graeme. “We should hook up.”

Of course we did. I wasn’t aware of anybody else making synth-based electronic music in Ayr at the time, and was very keen to find out his techniques. To be honest, I was expecting to be doing most of the talking. He was really stoned when we met and his eyes, although cheery to the point of delirium, were red. It was only a matter of days between first meeting him and arriving at his house to talk shop…

He was eating a ham sandwich and a packet of cheese n’ onion crisps when he came to the door. I think he might have had a Mars Bar for afterwards. It was a very well kept single-storey house. “My stuff’s upstairs.” He gestured to the staircase which led up to the loft-conversion, and up we went.

What we walked into defies description…

Continued: Quenching Nostalgia [Part Two]

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