White Hills and RMFTM are the latest additions to the Fuzz Club Split Single series – boasting leviathans from all ends of the underground spectrum, a roll of honour which to date includes, Christian Bland & The Revelators / Singapore Sling, The Underground Youth / The Third Sound, The Entrance Band / Wall Of Death, Alan Vega / The Vacant Lots, The Black Angels / Sonic Jesus, A Place to Bury Strangers / The Telescopes and The Myrrors / Cult Of Dom Keller – pretty illustrious company indeed.
Neither band should need much in the way of introduction, for the self-confessed aficionados of this limited edition vinyl feast.
White Hills have an enviable back catalogue, spanning 40 releases over the past 10 years. Their cameo appearance in Jim Jarmusch’s cult movie, Only Lovers Left Alive, seamlessly weaving the band into the fabric of questioning, who the real vampires are, in a world gone to shit at the behest of our corporate, bloodsucking overlords.
In the live context, White Hills deliver a sonic intensity, which belies their mild mannered and gracious personas. I had the pleasure of meeting them last year in Milan, when they were ably supported by The Gluts – the memory of that 24 hour jaunt, is one I will forever treasure.
‘As You Pass By’, is an elemental deconstruction of White Hills’ DNA, set to vocal incantations by poet extraordinaire Dan McGuire, their building blocks laid bare, dissected, stripped down, then reassembled, reanimated, layer upon fundamental layer, a swelling, rippling, “slip inside this house” discourse, a storm breaking on a squall of snarling feedback, soaring heavenward, eyes closed in thunderous cosmic contemplation, a cocooned enraptured bliss…
RMFTM have 3 sold out albums under their belts, they are a live colossus, their experimental ethos, sculpting ethereal sonic soundscapes, hewn from their collective psyche. Their collaborative instinct, sees them this year share a stage with Gnod, at their homegrown Eindhoven Psych Lab. I interviewed the band recently for Optical Sounds Fanzine, which you can also read here.
‘Decadence’, opens to industrial rupture, a spiralling hammered descent, this hades-bound declination, has cerberus snapping at your heels, the clarion organ call, of a latter day Dr Phibes, presiding over our consumerist abomination, a mid-track, uptempo swing, seemingly illuminating the gnostic path of the righteous, salvation in uplifting moral certitude, vanity’s nemesis…
Split Single No 8 is pressed on 10″ vinyl, enveloped in complimentary abstract artwork. There is an exclusive Fuzz Club edition of 300 copies on yellow vinyl, and a standard edition of 700 copies on white vinyl.
RMFTM also see the repress of their 2012 smash, ‘Echo Forever’. The deluxe edition is limited to 300 copies of heavy 180g transparent green vinyl. It comes with a heavy gatefold cover, embossed logo and hand numbering. The repress is also available in standard edition heavy 180g solid white vinyl.
Both releases are available from the Fuzz Club Records Store.