New Artist Interview: cuhto and kupo

In a few weeks we’ll be releasing a split cassette EP – ‘crow road’, from new Cow Tongue Taco artists cuhto and kupo. We fired them over some questions in advance of the release to get a bit of an insight into what is going on:

Cow Tongue Taco: Hello, tell us a bit about who you both are, and where you are from.

cuhto and kupo: We’re both from Scarborough and we met at college. We’ve been threatening to start a band together for almost as long as I can remember but nothing has come of that just yet. Late last year Steven moved in with me in Glasgow, and we’ve been spinning ideas for projects off of each other for a while so I guess now feels like the right time to do something about it.

CTT: What inspired you to create this split EP?

c and k: We’ve both been listening to a lot of drone and ambient music recently, especially on mornings when we’re both hungover so the sound itself is directly from that. After not properly sleeping for such a long time and feeling constantly shit, Steven wanted to make something that he just found beautiful. For me, I’m just confronting nostalgic-feelings that have been eating me up recently and I wanted to create something with it rather than let it mentally ruin me.

CTT: Can you speak about the tracks on the release?

c and k: I picked a 4 bar chord progression to loop from an improvised drunk jam we recorded one night on guitars, and started messing with the audio. After I treated it and made it feel more fractured as it progressed, Steven suggested he do a variant of it using the same loop. We settled on a 20 minute limit each which worked perfectly for this cassette release. Steven’s pretty bad at getting things completed, so if I didn’t encourage him to get this done within a certain time frame he’d never put it out. It’d still be getting tweaked this time next year or just forgotten about. I’m different in that I get that it’s not perfect, but I try to look past that as I’m not willing to chase perfection as if it’s the sole deciding factor of something’s worth.

CTT: Where else can we find you online?

c and k: We both take photos (Lee: radiomoths.com, Steven: stuttered.shutter on Instagram). Band-wise Lee’s making noise with Magnificent Bastard and (CTT label mates) Closet Organ.

Look out for ‘crow road’ coming up in the next few weeks.

Closet Organ – 5318008 Vinyl LP Release

The debut release from Glaswegian noise-mongers Closet Organ, including the singles ‘Paul is Dead’, and ‘Make America Great Again’ is here! This is our first (and only) 12″ vinyl LP release.

Closet Organ vinyl LP

Closet Organ vinyl LP

These are pretty beautiful with black polylined inside sheets. Limited to 100, you can get your copy for £17, which includes a digital download of the album.

These are available from our online shop, and there are also some cassettes left if you’d prefer.

More info: https://closetorgan.com/2016/09/24/5318008-album-launch/

New Release: Closet Organ 5318008

Closet Organ - 5318008

Today, Glaswegian noisemongers Closet Organ release their debut album on Cow Tongue Taco Records – entitled 5318008 as the result of a Kickstarter gamble gone terribly wrong.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW.

The album includes the single ‘Make America Great Again‘, which caused some consternation upon release when Trump supporters didn’t quite get the joke.

5318008 is available digitally, as well as on cassette tape, and eventually on vinyl LP. We have the tapes up in the store right now, which cost £12.50 for both the tape and immediate digital download.

Closet Organ - 5318008 tape

Birth of a label, and first release

Cassettes were a big part of my youth. The first piece of music I ever bought was on tape; I’d spend hours creating custom mix-tapes with songs I’d recorded off the radio; and I even played games by loading them from tape onto the Commodore 64. CDs weren’t around until later, and nobody really released anything on MiniDisc commercially. My generation might like to pretend otherwise, but we didn’t have vinyl; we had cassette tapes.

Now, we almost have instant access to practically any of the music ever recorded through the Internet, which is a mind bogglingly amazing thing when you stop and consider it. As a musician, this is especially amazing. Technology has allowed us the ability to record songs in a way that was completely out of reach 10-15 years ago… but sometimes the process can feel a bit too virtual; confined to the computer from start to finish. There’s a definite longing to produce something that can be enjoyed in an analogue form, and not just resort to pumping out a CD that acts as a vehicle for MP3 conversion.

For that reason, I’ve decided to set up my own cassette tape label, to release my own music and the music of others that I find some sort of symbiosis with (in very limited numbers). Vinyl is great, but far too expensive to produce, and in any event, there’s something about the temperamental, quirky nature of the cassette tape that makes them incredibly appealing as a medium. Some albums are just meant to be listened to on tape. Try it out: find an old tape and take in its warbling imperfections and you’ll see what I mean.

unexpected bowtie – drouth

The first release is ‘drouth’ from unexpected bowtie, an experimental electronic chiptune album that can be previewed for free (digitally) on our Bandcamp.

For £5 (excl. shipping) you get a hand-numbered, hand-painted cassette tape of the album in a pretty cool blue/yellow split shell – as well as some stickers.

There are only 5 copies available out of a total of 10 that were produced, so order here before they are gone forever.

Drouth Cassette Tape