Edinburgh performance night Neu! Reekie! becomes record label
Neu! Reekie! Records releases Jesus, Baby! feat Davy Henderson
Over the past 18 months, Neu! Reekie!’s monthly Friday nights of what used to be called alternative entertainment have captured Edinburgh’s off-piste underground in a way not seen since Rebel Inc lit-zine first broke cover in the early 1990s. Now Neu! Reekie! ringmasters Michael Pedersen and Rebel Inc founder Kevin Williamson bring us Neu! Reekie! Records, an aural experience that spreads the night’s multimedia inclinations further. Their first release is a double A-side 7” single, with Pedersen and Williamson overseeing a side each. While on one side, Williamson performs the title poem from his collection, In a Room Darkened, for his contribution, a lovely ditty called ‘The Caterpillar Tango’, Pedersen has conjured an avant-indie-pop supergroup into being.
Jesus, Baby! are singer Davy Henderson (sometime driving force behind Fire Engines, Win, The Nectarine No 9 and now The Sexual Objects); former Futuristic Retro Champions keyboardist and current TeenCanteenist Carla J Easton; Belle & Sebastian associate Roy Moller and The Wellgreen/The Store Keys dynamo Marco Rea. Together, they gift-wrap Henderson’s lead drawl in some delicious harmonies on a lovely concoction mixed and mastered by former Coral guitarist Bill Ryder Jones.
The record’s cover art will be provided by visual artist Jim Lambie, while its launch will be a three-pronged weekend, beginning with a Friday night Edinburgh show, followed by a Saturday afternoon instore at Avalanche. Saturday’s finale in Glasgow features Scotland’s original polymath Alasdair Gray, while each Jesus, Baby! member will then show off their individual band’s wares before regrouping in a glorious Jesus, Baby! huddle.
‘We’ve started a record company as a visceral representation of what we do in Neu! Reekie!,’ Pedersen says, ‘and now we’re turning that into a live event.’
Neu! Reekie! Records Unveiled, Scottish Book Trust, Edinburgh, Fri 27 Jul; Avalanche Records, Edinburgh, Sat 28 Jul; Mono, Glasgow, Sat 28 Jul