Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Werdwolfen - Phantom Circuit Halloween Special

And lo, Werdwolfen did stumble forth from the pit once more, undulating horror emanating from every damned pore as it came closer, ever closer to the light.

Or something.

Sometimes, only sometimes mind, we are Werdwolfen. This is one of those times. We have recorded a new session of EIGHT new tracks (don't worry, they're short) for the latest Halloween special on Phantom Circuit. Have a listen below, and seeing how we have quite a few more listeners lately, below *that* I'll try and explain what exactly Werdwolfen is.






Werdwolfen is stupidity, basically. The idea was always to write and record songs as quickly as possible, preferably whilst drunk. Back in 2010, Jodie, our friend Holly and myself recorded a Christmas album, which was never really released properly, I just put a zip file on a blog I used to write. It was a somewhat chaotic affair which I think ended up with me smacking myself over the head with a Roses tin for percussion at one point. For some reason, a few hundred people downloaded it, and it sort of fell into obscure "what the fuck was that?" territory to be vaguely remembered by a handful of people. One of which was the host of Phantom Circuit, who played a few songs back in 2010 and was such a glutton for punishment he invited us back to record a couple of sessions since.

There aren't currently any Werdwolfen albums or EPs to download/buy. Which is probably for the best for all concerned. If you do have a burning need for Werdwolfen in your life, check out the Phantom Circuit archives for sessions and songs.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Biography


Who?

We are Quimper. Quimper are mostly Jodie Lowther and John Vertigen. Jodie tends to do most of our artwork, videos/animation and singing. John tends to do most of the music. Though we swap around when we feel like it.

What?
Strange claustrophobic little songs about strange claustrophobic little things, mostly. We've released various musical*things* over the past five years, mostly via the recently departed record label we used to run (Soft Bodies Records). You can find all of our music on Bandcamp (quimper.bandcamp.com) and our videos on Youtube (www.youtube.com/user/Quimpervideos)

Where?
The Associates, John Osborne, Wim Mertens, Severed Heads, John Smith, Broadcast, Pierre et Gilles, Martin Dupont, Legendary Pink Dots, Sandie Shaw, KPM, Bruno Schulz, David Lynch and lots of other bits & bobs.

Why?

Because it really used to annoy people. And more recently because it's fun.









Saturday, 14 October 2017

Little Legs For Little Eggs

Eggs with legs! Little ones! It might be they take longer to get to where they need to go but they'll get there in the end.

Little Legs For Little Legs is the third in our series of EPs. Or singles. Is four tracks an extended play? I suppose it doesn't really matter these days. Four new songs! All recorded in the last two or three months. It's a bit different from the last couple and fans of our more "pop" material aren't going to find another j-pop-smash-hit-in-a-parallel-world banger here (well, sort of), but I hope you find something you like. It's probably our favourite of the three so far. It is pay-what-you-want, so you can download for now or if you're feeling generous, you can throw us a couple of quid. We like money. We can do terrible things with it.


You can hear the EP here. Artwork is by Jodie.




Future Happenings

A few of you may know our work under the guise of Werdwolfen. Something new will be happening under this name very, very soon. As soon as later this month, come to think of it.

Not sure when the next EP will be. Possibly something before Christmas, but we always do a shameless Christmas cash-in so there's that to think about. Expect activity, anyway.

Gigs. We want to play live! We want to escape and live. We're still working out exactly how to do this. Some of you might have seen us when were were all projectors and panic. It was alright when it worked, but this time we need to do more of a show. We'll keep the panic though, that was fun.

As always, thank you very much for your support. This year has probably been the most fun we've had with Quimper since we've started. And we've only just started...yes, we've technically been around a few years now, but y'know, little legs for little eggs. We'll get there in the end.

Ta,

Johnny.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Potato




Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Little Legs of Thomas Egg

Our next EP nears completion. Four tracks. Probably a little different than the last couple but still the same idea. This lot are a bit more off.

A couple of people recently have asked why we haven't done an album yet. The idea is that when we do a full length release it will be somewhat elaborate. A collection of videos & animations and some sort of live show that'll mean mobilising people to help perform our songs. We don't just want to stand behind a projector again. It'll be a show. All of that will require a fair amount of effort on our part and (at this moment in time, at least) I'd like the support of a label with some resources that can help us promote such a thing and give it a physical release.

Now we're not really the type to go round the houses cap in hand to labels and whatnot (it's just embarrassing for both sides), so we'll keep self releasing/promoting EPs and until someone takes an interest in us *or* we slowly gain more of an audience so we can completely DIY the thing in a way that does it justice. Either way, don't hold your breath. Though with every EP we do, new faces seem to pop up to say hello and more people are kind enough to pop their hand in their pocket so yeah...who knows?

In the meantime, our new EP should be out in a couple of weeks. And we're doing something else whilst wearing a different hat for Halloween. More on that nearer the time.

Apart from all that, Jodie illustrated this lovely Dorian Grey cover that you can see above and I've set up an Instagram that'll mostly personal but you'll see some Quimper related stuff (including a small preview of a track from the next EP) now and again.

https://www.instagram.com/johnnyvertigen/

and Jodie is already over at:

https://www.instagram.com/karakasa/

Bye-bye.




Monday, 11 September 2017

Next.

Busy couple of weeks over at the Quimper disco gulag which has basically been a toxic biohazard for the past week seeing us in various states of unwell. On the upside, Soft Bodies Bleed Out has bled out, and thank you to anyone and everyone who partook of it's precious life fluids. Probably one of the fastest downloaded things we'd ever put out so it was lovely to go out on a high. Most everyone involved in Soft Bodies (at least recentlyish) is still very much producing music, so I'd urge you all to track down their latest happenings. Should be new things happening from Squadron Scramble and Petunia Liebling MacPumpkin fairly soonish for starters, and the Cleaners From Venus/Martin Newell musical should be out early next year.

Meanwhile, we're finishing up the next Quimper EP. Four more tracks that should be out end of the month/beginning of Octoberish. I think it'll be called "Thomas Egg Has Little Legs". We're planning our next video, which'll be less of a music video and more something with a soundtrack. We also have a "surprise" lined up for Halloween. That'll be...well, it'll be something.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Soft Bodies Bleed Out.

Soft Bodies Bleed Out is the fourth and final Soft Bodies Records compilation.

Soft Bodies started in 2013 with the release of Soft Bodies Don't Bleed. Jodie and I didn't really know that many bands back then (well, good ones, at least), so half the bands on there were figments of various friends imagination. It did alright and pretty much set up the next few years. We worked with godfathers of DIY, we worked with complete unknowns. Noise, pop, drone, jazz, indie, synth weirdness...whatever. If it was interesting, we would be interested in putting it out.

We did pretty well over the last few years and it was a lot of fun, but we have limited time these days (you could probably tell as releases had dried right up) and what with increased activity with Quimper and Jodie's solo stuff it was probably a good time to put it to bed. Which brings us to Soft Bodies Bleed Out. One last compilation before we put the lights out.