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Asparagus Piss Raindrop to publish book of scores

The crypto conceptual science fiction band founded by Fritz Welch and Neil Davidson reveal their slug reproduction methods to the world

A self-titled book of Asparagus Piss Raindrop scores and documents will be published this month. Founded back in 2012 by Fritz Welch and Neil Davidson, Asparagus Piss Raindrop describe themselves as “a crypto conceptual science fiction anti climax band”, with many of their members coming from Glasgow's free music scene. They draw inspiration from children’s games, group therapy, shapeshifting, geology, gender theory, and more, with previous works including a six person-plus roller disco with amplified rink titled “It’s Called Discharge”; “The Scented Jackhammer (Journey)”, which teaches participants how to travel underground using their sense of smell; and “Trans Poncho In Posse”, a three hour collaborative composition built around “slug reproduction”. The band’s ever-expanding membership includes Welch and Davidson, plus Liene Rozite, Julia Scott, Stuart Arnot, John Cromar, Tuukka Asplund, Annie Crabtree, Catherine Robb, Paige Martin, Lea Cummings, Armin Sturm, Penny Chivas, Anna McLaughlan, Lucy Duncombe, Sue Fitzpatrick, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Nickolaus Typaldos, Zerek Kempf, Uschi Luz, Rhodri Davies, Jennifer Walsh, Sharon Gal and many others.

This first edition will not be the final shape of the book, however. Publication Studio Glasgow promise that new editions will be published as and when the outfit produce new works.

Taking place at CCA Glasgow on 25 August, Asparagus Piss Raindrop’s book launch will feature readings and performances from Liene Rozite, Fritz Welch, Julia Letitia Scott and Neil Davidson. It's free to attend but you need to book your place here.