Port Sulphur, an audio collective that’s co-ordinated by Creeping Bent owner and The Nectarine No9 / Sexual Objects guitarist Douglas MacIntyre, released The Lane on April 27th but have more lined up with the release of LP, Paranoic Critical scheduled for 8th June.
Douglas took a moment to discuss with The Fountain the joy of working with Vic Godard and Davy Henderson as well as the Brian Eno inspiration when piecing together this album.
TF: A new single release, you must be excited?
Very excited that the Port Sulphur material is surfacing, it has been a long process collating material and outputs.
TF: And what has it been like to work with Vic Godard and Davy Henderson?
Marc Riley has followed Davy and Vic’s trajectory since he was in the Fall and they were in Fire Engines/Subway Sect respectively. Marc refers to them as the greatest living Scotsman and Englishman, can’t argue with that!! I’ve worked with them over a number of years on projects related to my label (The Creeping Bent Organisation), it’s always an invigorating process.
TF: And what was it on those drives that inspired you to work with that to create the sound?
The raw material I found on my old hard drives had long been abandoned. However, I felt they could act as a conceptual start point, the recordings had an unfinished naive quality. Eno’s ideas from the mid seventies were definitely an inspiration in terms of trying a different approach as regards construction of the pieces.
TF: Are you going to be promoting this with a tour, are we likely to see you play live soon?
No live plans at the moment, but the possibility of presenting a theatrical show at Sonar holds great appeal.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
In terms of being inspired, when I was a teenager I saw Scars, Associates, Josef K, and Fire Engines on a bill at Valentino’s, Edinburgh. Curiously the evening was called A Tribute To Frank Sinatra!!
My favourite gig that I’ve performed at was Vic Godard and the Sexual Objects at an old cinema in Newcastle. I played bass with Sexual Object to open the evening, then switched to guitar as Sexual Objects backed Vic to perform his debut album with Subway Sect – What’s The Matter Boy. It was a magical night, electrifying.