MNQ 113 Bourbonese Qualk - Prepare For Power

by Bourbonese Qualk

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1.
Return To Order
2.
Outcry
3.
Boggy Creek
4.
Confrontation
5.
Lies 01:52
6.
Soft City
7.
Xenofobia
8.
Born Left Hearted
9.
Is it As It Was
10.
Backlash
11.
Insurrection

about

Mannequin and Platform 23 Records reissue what is considered to many the most complete album by perennial anarcho-outsiders Bourbonese Qualk.

'Preparing for Power' was the last album recorded at the bands base at the Ambulance Station on the Old Kent Road, London, and again released on their own Recloose Organisation, saw the band develop further beyond the limits of the post-punk / industrial scene where genres increasingly became redundant.

Ethno, jazz, funk and EBM are all buried deep in the album as it seeks independence. The title, a critique of the Labour movements ineffective and limited call to arms against the prevailing Thatcherism of the mid-80s, encapsulates this wider oeuvre.

From opening Return To Order, the acoustic gloom is offset by tight musicianship and countering melody. The switch of Outcry precedes psychedelic anthem, Boggy Creek, with its VU remembrance. Blighted pulses Confrontation, Xenophobia, Backlash and closer, Insurrection, sense the darkness, but the ground has shifted forwards with the legendary 1.51 minutes of man’n’ machine that is Lies, the enwrapping symphonic dub vocal of Born Left Hearted and incongruously pretty, Is It As It Was?

At times, suffocating, uncomfortable, at others light appears as history progresses. Preparing For Power is BQ at their most uncompromising and essential.

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releases October 30, 2020

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