A big noisy racket | Glasgow, Scotland
ALL QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY ANDY BROWN
"We are a noisy four piece band from Glasgow, Scotland. Our names are Jennie Fulk (vocals), VSO (bass), Vickie McDonald (guitar) and Andy Brown (drums).
Divorce started 5 years ago in 2008. At the beginning we had a different line-up, we were a five-piece with another vocalist and a second guitarist. With the first line-up we
released two 10" EPs, one of which was a split with the London band COMANECHI, plus a split cassette with our Glasgow pals ULTIMATE THRUSH. Our line-up changed in 2010,
Jennie joined the band and over the next year we released 7" singles on Night School Records, Gravy Records and Milk Records, plus a another split 10" EP with JAILHOUSE FUCK,
released on SixSixSixties Records. In September 2012 Night School released our first, self-titled full-length album. We've toured the UK numerous times and played all over Europe twice."
We never expect anything, once you come to expect a certain reaction from an audience you'll mostly end up disappointed. However we HOPE that people will enjoy the music
we make enough to move around a little, perhaps go a little crazy, and then buy a t-shirt.
We don’t like labels, but in case you want to use some how you will describe your sounds. Do you consider that the experimental
"extreme music" scene is changing a lot in the recent years? If yes, how?
We don't like labels either! We describe what we do as simply a big noisy racket, we don't attempt to adhere to any specific genre or sound, because immediately that would
set limitations and boundaries on what music we can make. We're happier just seeing what loud, ungodly noises we can produce and if we all like it then it stays.
We don't follow 'scenes', extreme music-related or otherwise, we prefer to follow specific bands or record labels, and in that sense there is still a lot of exciting music being
made that's aggressive and intelligent at the same time. Perhaps the one thing that has changed a little bit for the worse is planning tours and playing in different cities;
it seems less and less promoters seem to want to get behind music that leans more towards invention and experimentation – or at least there are less promoters willing
to promote a gig for a band like us and the pay us the cost of playing... none of us have trust-funds we can fall back on, we're broke punks!
As mentioned above, no more elaborate concepts than simply making a filthy noise that pleases us. No genres, no outside expectations, no concepts.
We live in our own little bubble of inspiration!
Where are you from? Recommend us some good bands from your city.
We are from Glasgow in Scotland. We are not all born in Glasgow, we have one English member and one American member, but we all live here.
Glasgow has always had a strong, vibrant DIY/underground/experimental community, going back over 20 years now.
Some of the bands that I love that have come from Glasgow are: STRETCHHEADS / DAWSON / ULTIMATE THRUSH / THE YUMMY FUR / LUGWORM / LUNG LEG / GROPETOWN / WORLD PEACE /
AGGI DOOM / HOLY MOUNTAIN / GANGER / ERRORS / NORTH AMERICAN WAR / GOLDEN TEACHER..... and on and on....
Interesting names related to extreme music in the present days
that inspire your music?
I enjoy listening to lots of interesting, extreme music, whether or not it inspires Divorce is another matter.
Anyway I'm a big fan of bands and artists like MELVINS / AIDS WOLF / GUERILLA TOSS / KARP / COUGHS / ARAB ON RADAR / CHILD ABUSE / NORMAL LOVE / TODD / FLYING LUTTENBACHERS /
SIGHTINGS / BLACKLISTERS / NO BABIES / YOWIE / UNSANE / PART CHIMP / DETHSCALATOR / ZU / GUM TAKES TOOTH / BLACK PUS..... etc etc etc.... go check'em all out.
When you decided to become musician?
I started playing music because I felt ashamed. I was 17 or 18 and writing a fanzine, going to see bands play and criticizing them. It got to a point where I felt I was being
an asshole, since I couldn't play a single instrument and here I was calling them out, so I thought rather than turn into a cynical dickhead I thought I'd better try it myself and
see how hard it was... and it turned out to be pretty hard after all!
I chose the drums for two reasons; firstly, they seemed the easiest instrument to play, no fiddly strings to navigate and no bending your fingers into weird positions,
just hitting things, easy! Secondly, I knew enough about how bands worked to know that drummers were hard to find, so if I wanted to play in a band anytime soon I best play drums.
I've now been playing drums in bands almost non-stop for 17 years!
Recently you were performing at West Germany in Berlin and touring
around Europe. How it was?
Great fun! We toured for three weeks, playing in Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Holland and the UK, and I'd say 95% of the gigs were absolutely amazing, so not a bad ratio!
Saw lots of great bands, met up with old friends and made lots of new ones! For a band like us, playing shows in Europe is much easier than it is in the UK.
I don't presume to know the proper economics behind it, but it just seems we're able to get fed, get paid and get to the next show much easier than we can in the UK.
It gives us hope that we can operate the band in such a way that means we can leave town sometimes and play new and exciting places.
Sites and recommendations:
In Glasgow, there's lots of good, exciting punky and experimental music that can be heard on the WINNING SPERM PARTY label site – https://www.winningspermparty.com –
otherwise records labels like LOAD, RIOT SEASON, SKIN GRAFT, DEATHBOMB ARC, ugEXPLODE and NORTHERN SPY are all worth checking out.
Anything else you want add?
We have a new 12" EP coming out in about July on Night School Records! Buy it!
Andy Brown, 10th May 2013, Glasgow.
[ar082] DIVORCE | A big noisy racket
DIVORCE | A BIG NOISY RACKET | Promotional Compilation
Jennie Fulk, vocals
Vickie McDonald, guitar
Andy Brown, drums
Special credits: Snob Value, Pencils Giant Pencils & Stabby (Stabby) Stab, featured on the album 'Divorce',
released by Night School Records. Horseheads, featured on the “Horseheads” 7” released on Milk Records.
Recorded & mixed by Ali Walker at Arc Studios. Glasgow, Scotland 2012.
Picture by Stella Wan. Design by Aniana Heras.