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ARTIST
TITLE
Hope
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
GG 317CD GG 317CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
4/10/2020

"Bourbonese Qualk were an experimental music group from England who were active from 1979 until 2003. The group were always obsessively and uncompromisingly focused on controlling their work -- they ran their own record label, recording studio, tour organisation and music venue (the legendary 'Ambulance Station') -- they refused to integrate into the commercial music racket turning down publishing deals from major labels -- stubbornly opting for total independence. Bourbonese Qualk were also known for their political activism which was formed in the crucible of the 1980s Britain: The Miner's Strike, Falklands/Malvinas war, Anti-fascism, Thatcherism, Moneterism, squatting/housing, local government corruption, anti-capitalism, and Anarchism -- which was further re-enforced by touring Europe and meeting like-minded groups and organisations. They saw their music as a revolutionary cultural force -- a belief that radical musical forms must be part of positive social change. Despite this position, the group avoided dogma, cliché and propaganda, preferring to let their audience come to their own conclusions -- their work was often ambiguous and directly critical of cynical power-politics of any colour -- often irritating members of the traditional 'organised left'. They never recorded in a 'proper' studio, choosing instead to work with their own extremely basic equipment (at a time when home studios were very unusual -- the unique raw sound of these recordings is the result of their choice -- which now, ironically, is in vogue due perhaps to the overwhelming obliquity of 'clean' audio digital production tools. If Bourbonese Qualk have a legacy, it is that 'culture' should be reclaimed, re-defined and owned by the people, wherever they are, however small and not by the state or the market and that 'culture' is a vital vehicle for debate and radical change. Hope was the group's second long player, released on their own Recloose Organisation label in 1984."