If a band keeps it together for long enough music isn’t just made, it grows. Bilge Pump are at that point with 'We Love You', their first album in ten years and perhaps their most accessible one to date, accessible only because people are admitting that they were ready for them all this time, listening to the likes of Marc Riley and taking notice.
Long term linchpins of the Leeds DIY scene, they now follow their own paths; growing veg, running up hills, building musical paraphernalia. Every now and then the call goes out; the time comes to do another tour, put another record out.
With new album 'We Love You' due 15th February via Gringo Records, Bilge Pump unveil a new single, 'Wheel of Yew' - it's PiL bass lines, Spacemen 3 guitar and a blistering Butthole Surfers-esque solo are all held together with the tightest drumming this side of Bill Ward, as we witness guitarist Joe O'Sullivan take in a brisk autumnal walk with his dog Dolly from Otley to the top of Ilkley Moor.
12th February - Marc Riley Session
15th February - Newcastle, Cumberland Arms
16th February - Glasgow, Glad Cafe
17th February - Edinburgh, Leith Depot
20th February - Sheffield, Delicious Clam
21st February - Cambridge, Blue Moon
22nd February - Stoke, Marts Brewhouse
23rd February - Liverpool, Drop The Dumbulls
1st March - Nottingham, The Maze
2nd March - Leeds, Brudenell
16th March - Saltburn, Saltburn Arms
3rd April - York, Fulford Arms
5th April - Reading, South Street Arts
6th April - Manchester, Soup Kitchen