Pulco News For 2013

Welcome all to the world of Pulco in 2013. Christmas has gone and the snow is just about melting now. I’ve had by head buried in books and music over these dark winter months but the time is right to face the world once more & write a quick post up here to let you know what you can expect from Pulco this year.

First & final gig

I’ll be playing at the Buffalo Bar in Cardiff on Sat March 9th as part of the launch party for my good mate Jo Whitby’s album ‘The diary of me’

Click to get gig details

Please come and see me because this will be the last ever Pulco gig. Yup, I’ve decided to retire from playing live. It has only been an occasional occurrence anyway over the last few years but I feel that the musical direction that I’m going in really won’t work for me in a live context anymore. The last 20 years have been ace so thanks to everyone who has ever clapped a hand or raised a glass.

New album – Clay Cutlery

A selection of new recordings is just about ready to head off for mastering

On this new album I’ve been continuing to explore the theme of sonic autobiography that has been creeping into my music over the last few years.

Using field recordings of places I’ve been to, odd rhythm loops made using simple iPad apps and my trusty £15 guitar the songs have evolved and unfolded as I have worked on them.

Over the summer last year I made recordings of the sounds in Folly Farm and the great organ in St David’s Cathedral to name but a few and these have all become part of the music.

Some of the tracks have become recognisable songs and others are just sound collages. Any vocals that were done have been one take improvisations drawing lyrics from the first book or magazine that came to hand

I wanted the tunes to be quite fresh & spontaneous.

I’ve got my fingers crossed as always that the album will come out on Folkwit Records later in the year and more importantly that I’ll be able to raise the money to make it !!

Poetry, Drawing & Music

I’ve opened up a shop at ETSY to make available my poetry books and drawings. I’m also planning to make a series of limited edition CDR releases of soundscapes and field recordings so watch this space.

And finally?…..

As well as contributing to the Laurence Made Me Cry album, I have also remixed two tracks for Johnno Casson. The songs will be on his album ‘Window Dressing’ which will appear later in the year.

Last but by no means least is an exciting project that I have been working on with Adam Leonard  Gareth Davies and Stephen Mcleod (Unexpected Bowtie). We have recorded a set of instrumental song inspired by abandoned London tube stations. The release will be cassette only !

 Ok pawb. Back to my writing

BBC Wales review of the Chester gig!

Many thanks to Adam Walton for writing this ace review of the Pulco set at Telfords last week.

Click here to view the original post on the BBC Wales Music blog.

Adam took the photo too.

‘Ashley Cooke, aka Pulco, has been here before. He’s probably been to most venues before. He toured the length and breadth of the UK with his previous band Derrero. When I introduce him onto the stage, he can’t remember how many times he’s played here before either.

Neither can he remember all of his lyrics. The stage looks like a tornado has ripped through a foolscap warehouse. Maybe, as he admits from the stage himself, he’d have more chance of remembering the songs if he rehearsed them! But this lack of ego and considered guile is exactly what makes Pulco so endearing and special. Music get action painted in Ash’s heart whether he likes it or not. He just opens his mouth and lets it stream out in more colours than most of us can dream in.

It’s hugely disconcerting when the voice I introduce him with cedes into a vocal piece I recorded for his most recent album (Small Thoughts). The set then quietly delights us all. What wonderful spells Ashley casts with his slipstream voice, acoustic guitar, an iPod with a few backing tracks on it, and Y Niwl’s Sîon Glyn on stylophone (on one song, anyway).

I know Ash liked a bit of Pavement when Derrero were in their heyday, and his songs have a similar sense of the gracefully unexpected as Pavement’s quieter and more beautiful moments. But Ash’s songs – stripped to their glittering bones like this – remind me most of Jimmy Webb. Place Lid On Me has that minor chord ebb, then ebb again, of Wichita Lineman. That final moment was worth the entry price alone’

Pulco live @ Telfords in Chester

They say that good things come to those who wait and Pulco’s trip to Chester to play a gig for Adam Waltons Crackling Vinyl  team @ Telfords Warehouse last night certainly fell into that category !

It was grand to play to decent crowd who actually listened to my stuff

Many thanks to Adam and all of the nice people that we met.

 

 

Cheers to Adam Walton for the photos below !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought it only right to bring my double chin along for the occasion ! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stylophone is being played by the mighty Sion Glyn. He has a band of his own that you should check out as well.

Y Niwl