So-called 'regional' album compilations were crucial statements of independence during the post-punk fall-out that briefly shook up the bone-idle London-centric record company hegemony. Snapshot documents of blink-and-you'll-miss-em scenes in Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Brighton and other cities proliferated on shoestring DIY labels, which, politically, were as much about self-determination as music. By collecting and selecting new material from eight Glasgow-based acts, this new collaboration between three of the city's micro-labels (including the debut release by venue Stereo) does something similar in capturing the here-and-nowness of a fecund and forever-changing independent musical landscape. Tut Vu Vu, Palms, Organs of Love, Gummy Stumps, Sacred Paws, The Rosy Crucifixion, Muscles of Joy, Jacob Yates and the Pearly Gate Lock Pickers all present new work in an elaborate box set made up of two 12” vinyl LPs, a CD and a booklet featuring an essay by former Belle and Sebastian manager John Williamson, plus new artworks from the likes of David Shrigley and Richard Wright. In execution, this more reflects the spirit of the Edinburgh-based Fast Product label's three Earcom compilations, released in 1979. Like them, this vital collection puts visual presentation to the fore in a way that demonstrates the umbilical links between art-forms that keep 'local' scenes so vital.
The List, December 2012 ends