Boomkat Product Review:
Chthonic Glaswegian industrialists Total Leatherette unleash menacing cold fire with a batch of crudely dubbed and cut-up metallic wickedness RIYL Throbbing Gristle, EROS, My Disco, $&$
‘Dappled Shade’ forms the duo of Scott Carruth & Nikki Tirado’s 4th outing in this guise, following origins in 2016’s ‘Fist & Shout’ tape. The six components were built during a long, cold winter 2019 residency at Intonal Festival, Malmo, Sweden, and were deep fried in recording and post-production at the Glue factory in their native city. It firms up their ideas, forged in the image of original early ‘80s industrial asceticism, at their most tensile, shatterproof and hard, detectably galvanised at the biting point in recording by Richard McMaster of The Modern Institute.
The convulsive splutter and industro-dub roil of ‘Outdoor Pursuits’ resembles cyborgs dogging in a drizzly carpark on Glasgow’s outskirts, and ’Silhouette’ follows their nose for the coldest offbeat thrust akin to TG via My Disco, and ‘Blunt Sell’ goes gun ho for the raggo rhythmic noise impulses a la Haswell. ‘PErfume’ whips reverse looped percussion and over-the-shoulder vox into a martial maelstrom, and ‘Passions are High’ opens out into reverberating, unheimlich dub reminding of Frank Tovey via Vivid Oblivion, and the sleazy baseline fuckery to ‘Hollywood Handsome’ salutes Suicide and the sort of SM dungeon dankness explored by Regis and co’s EROS.