BSM proudly brings you the premiere of ‘Freakquency’, the new single from Glasgow’s finest Helicon which was born from adversity and therefore a fitting symbol of the times in which we find ourselves.
Due to play a gig in Glasgow on 19 December with The Janitors, SERVO and Black Doldrums with two days of studio time booked for the bands to go in and create a collaborative, part-improvised record together. COVID-19 restrictions soon put a stop to all that as the bands couldn’t travel. With so much work going into planning such things, Helicon didn’t want it all to go to waste. With new members on board in the form of Mike Hastings on guitar (Trembling Bells, Mike & Solveig, Mike Heron – Incredible String Band, Kaleidoscope) and Billy Docherty on bass (Filth Spector, Dead Temple, St John’s Ambience) they went into the studio, wrote a filthy big guitar track, a sitar-spangled b-side and banged out the recording with Jason and Luigi in one day. They explain “it was cathartic and therapeutic to let rip on a big tune like that after all the frustrations of cancelled gigs, tours and recordings.”
They add that they are still planning to release a collaborative record with The Janitors, Servo and Black Doldrums for release on Fuzzed Up & Astromoon Records later this year – something to look forward too – with demos already in progress. They are also going in to record what they call their “biggest, boldest and most ambitious Helicon album to date in Mar/April for release on Fuzz Club late 2022.”
‘Freakquency’ is a self-release, exclusively available with b-side to download only from today here