Experimental noise-rock from Leeds.
Leeds based Bilge Pump featuring Joe O'Sullivan, Emlyn Jones and Neil Turpin have been on our radar for a while and have played a 6 Music live session last year and seriously got our attention. Bilge Pump's style is post-punk with avant garde and free-jazz influences. Early on, the NME described Bilge Pump's sound as "unlistenable guff".They have since had various releases on Gringo Records, Troubleman Unlimited and Unlabel, and members have been involved with artists such as Enablers, Yann Tiersen, Polaris, Felix, Chris Corsano, HiM. Bilge Pump also recorded several John Peel Sessions, and received enough votes to be 95th on the list for ATP vs The Fans 2009. Since their inception, they have played with (among many others) Lightning Bolt, The Mars Volta, Hella, Foals and Les Savy Fav. Joe makes custom valve amps and is registered disabled. Recently featured in Marc Riley BBC 6 music's best of 2018. New album "We Love You" finally out Feb 15th 2019 on Gringo Records. Anyone who has ever seen them will tell you they are loud. But loud and clear, defined patterns, riffs smoulder into drones and then catch fire again lyric's trimmed of fat, precise and witty. Listen to these songs and its feels like being in a pub whilst your mate recounts ludicrous theories and romantic woes. You don't know whether to laugh or cry and in the background the juke box belts out a mix of Queen, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Bowie, Pil, King Crimson and The Shangri La's, half heard above the din so you keep filling in the bits you missed with your own.