Various artists - Some Songs Side By Side
Showcase of Scottish indie talent, featuring Tut Vu Vu, Sacred Paws, Muscles of Joy and more
So-called ‘regional’ compilations were crucial statements of independence during the post-punk fall-out that briefly shook up the bone-idle London-centric record company hegemony. Snapshots of Manchester, Brighton and other scenes proliferated on shoestring DIY labels, which were as much about self-determination as music.
By collecting material from eight Glasgow acts, this new collaboration by three of the city’s micro-labels (it's the debut release by venue Stereo) also captures the here-and-nowness of a fecund, forever-changing independent musical landscape. Tut Vu Vu, The Rosy Crucifixion, Palms, Organs of Love, Gummy Stumps, Sacred Paws, Muscles of Joy (above) and Jacob Yates & the Pearly Gate Lock Pickers all present new work in a boxset with two 12” vinyl LPs, a CD and a booklet with an essay by ex-Belle & Sebastian manager John Williamson, plus art from David Shrigley and Richard Wright. In execution, this reflects the spirit of Edinburgh's Fast Product label’s three Earcom compilations, in 1979. Like them, this puts visual presentation to the fore, demonstrating the umbilical links between artforms that keep ‘local’ scenes so vital.