Release Date: Nov 3, 2017
Record label: Golden Teacher
It's perhaps Glasgow's worst kept secret, and yet its 'alternative' music scene (and that term is used as broadly as possible) still remains one of the city's best-hidden gems. Due to legendary club nights led by the likes of Optimo (who this summer celebrated their twentieth birthday as a group) and the importance of the Art School, Glasgow's electronic scene is especially impressive, but it is one that overlaps into lots of genres, including art-pop/rock and punk. Occasionally, bands like Franz Ferdinand, or most recently, Sacred Paws or Spinning Coin, break through that wilfully underground positions into a mainstream fare that is still proudly maintained by Glaswegians.
Since 2013, Glasgow's Golden Teacher have released a string of singles and EPs courtesy of the city's unofficial patriarchs of underground music, Optimo. The sextet fits squarely into the aesthetics of label head JD Twitch, which means basically anything that makes the body whip: disco, industrial, EBM, Afrobeat, post-punk, and dancehall, with a touch of Arthur Russell and Cabaret Voltaire for good measure. It made perfect sense when Twitch matched them with dub-punk legend Dennis Bovell for the unhinged 2015 12" Golden Teacher Meets Dennis Bovell at the Green Door.
Emerging from the exciting and diverse Glasgow music scene in 2013, punk-funk band Golden Teacher have since focused on well-received EPs for their hometown's hallowed, eclectic institution Optimo, and for Soul Jazz. Along the way, they've ricocheted between instrumentals, and recruiting Cassie Ojay or Charles Lavenac on vocals. Now comes the debut album.