"...a sort of scrumpy-sipping krautrock..." - The Wire
"...quite good" - Terrascope
Following the well documented demise in 1971 of his previous group, the free-folk agitants Tumulus, Gordon Stranger spent two years wandering Hookland’s western marshes before returning to Ashcourt and falling in with a group of lost but well-meaning sixth form drop outs. They were playing underachieving space-folk together as Stinking Tom, whilst squatting an abandoned oyster warehouse on Ashcourt docks. Sensing the un-channelled potential of the group’s nascent cosmic rock stylings, Stranger took the group under his wing, installed himself as band leader and lead guitar player, renamed them Bogquake and re-embarked on his mission to change the musical landscape.
Sadly the experiment was an unmitigated disaster, two days into the recording of their debut the entire band quit, blaming ‘the stench’. Stranger was left to stitch together the bones of what would become The Bogquake Tapes from the quarter inch tapes he had salvaged from the harbour, where Jim Frankels, Bogquake’s erstwhile drummer, had thrown them after learning all his tracks had been overwritten with presets from a Korg Minipops.
Despite his best efforts no record labels showed the slightest interest in the album and the only known copy of the tapes was lost until 2007, where it was bought with a job lot of hydrophone recordings from a car boot sale. Realising what they may have found, the buyers donated the tapes to Hookland’s library system. Where they lay uncatalogued until a Harmonic Union Music researcher discovered them in 2014.
Here then, for the first time, we present the Bogquake tapes.
released April 11, 2016
guitar, vocals - Gordon Stranger
guitar - Gary Howard
synthesizer - Jack Curgeon
percussion - The Grack
drums (deleted) - Jim Frankels