SATURDAY’S SCOTTISH SONG : #236: PARK ATTACK

One in Four is a compilation CD that was released by the Scottish Association for Mental Health in 2004. It contains 14 exclusive and previously unheard tracks recorded by artists who had previously been involved in events run by the charity.

Among the better-known names you will find Teenage Fanclub, Snow Patrol, The Delgados, Mogwai, Arab Strap and Belle & Sebastian. The CD also included the one track I have in the collection by Park Attack, a band that I had to turn to Amazon to find detail as you can still pick up a digital copy of Half-Past Human, their sole CD:-

Park Attack are the new noise. Driven and intense, the band’s music is an explosion of feedbacking power and wild-throated melody. Founded by the trio of guitarist Rob Churm, drummer Lorna Gilfedder and keyboardist Tom Straughan, Park Attack have been the best-kept secret of the Glasgow music scene for years.

After releasing their debut EP in 2005 (the stunning 16-minute Last Drop At Hideout, on French label Tigersushi and Club Optimo’s O.S.C.A.R.R. imprint in the UK) the group headed to France to record their first full-length. A wild mix of stomp rock, slop punk and no wave intensity, Half-Past Human recalls the tribal arrhythmic sounds of DNA, the blaring energy of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, and the noise-guitar hell of early Sonic Youth. The synth-heavy sound does little to smooth the roughly sewn corners, which sets electronics against grumbling guitar and wailing vocals. The recent addition of a fourth member, Jamie Grier, on electronics, synth, and bass has further intensified the band’s sound. Live, they are a severe, stomping force of nature and with a host of US dates planned for 2006, the noise will finally be heard.

mp3: Park Attack – Boo Hoo!

This would have been an unreleased track back in 2004 when the SAMH CD was distributed, but it would later appear on the debut album, although I’m unable to say whether it was in the same form or was re-recorded. I wasn’t tempted by this taster to explore any further.

JC