Heat, War, Sweat, Law

Laurie Tompkins

Heat, War, Sweat, Law is British composer Laurie Tompkins’ debut solo recording: a desperate stomp on the bones of Heaven 17’s ‘The Height Of The Fighting’, replete with rabid voices, cracked pots, faltering pipes, spent IKEA bags and egg shakers, and spasmodic ghosts of Martyn Ware synths.

Part foaming rant, part exercise routine, HWSL’s incessant shaking, hammering and yelling wear down soloist, tools, and the tolerance of an audience put upon by a dispersed mob seeking to recruit them in their inane howls and claps.

Laurie has been commissioned by Aldeburgh Music, the LSO Soundhub Scheme, and the ddmmyy series; performed HWSL in London, Aarhus, and Berlin; made radio programs for Resonance and NTS; and collaborated with Oliver Coates, Otto Willberg, Suze Whaites, and Dori Deng. He co-directs Slip with Tom Rose and Suze Whaites.

Heat, War, Sweat, Law [SLP029] is available on metallic gold C25 tape or CD, with download, from 9th May 2016. It comes packaged with a fold-out A3 poster with ‘business wanker’ artwork by Joel Wycherley. Tapes dubbed by Callum Higgins. Mixed and mastered by Owen Roberts.

Video for “Sweat” by Joel Wycherley
Featured on the Wire’s Below The Radar compilation
Plays on Spools Out Radio, Crow Versus Crow, The Wire’s Resonance FM show, and BBC R3’s Late Junction

“…Glenn Gregory’s suave croons are a world away from these giddy bagatelles, evoking as they do a hurricane in a Sheffield charity shop…” – Paul Margree, We Need No Swords
“…he cries meaningless bloody murder in nine tracks that resemble surreal playground games as much as they do compositions…” – Tristan Bath, The Quietus
“…the receding hairline of an overwhelmed sound guy paying off the interest on his mic set case while pulling out hair…”Tiny Mix Tapes