14th August 2012 Artist Profile »
A LITTLE BIT AFTER THE FIRST ONE
QUITE A BIG LITTLE BIT, ACTUALLY
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve been away for a while / But we were never in style,‚Äù ‚Äì ‚ÄòWelfare State‚Äô
They said it would never happen. And by ‚Äòthey‚Äô we mean the band, their friends and anyone who had ever worked with them. But somehow, against all odds and several wads, ULTRASOUND are back. Back with a fresh attitude. Back with a new keyboard player. Back with a second album a mere 13 (that‚Äôs thirteen) years after colossal debut ‚ÄòEverything Picture‚Äô rattled the gills of the album charts. And back on fierce panda, launch pad for their debut ‚ÄòSame Band‚Äô single the first time around. You really couldn‚Äôt make it up, but make up they have.
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The Band: Andrew ‚ÄòTiny‚Äô Wood (vocals / guitar); Richard James Green (guitars / vocals); Vanessa Best (bass / vocals); Bob Birch (keyboards); Andy Peace (drums)
This much we know: as the Twentieth Century wheezed to a close ULTRASOUND were in the process of spectacularly imploding. 1999 might have been the first year the known world heard of the likes of Doves, Coldplay, Elbow and Muse but for Ultrasound the race was already almost run, a journey which had seen them catapulted from the obscurity of a squat in West London to the front of the NME and a megadeal with Nude Records with scarcely a pause for breath. The fallout was, in a way, as thrilling as the rise upwards. Battered by a reality they didn‚Äôt understand and bent out of shape by a music industry they no longer trusted they parted company and walked out of the party. It would be ten years before they set foot on the same stage again. But eventually, thanks to the charitable needs of a benefit gig for Tim Smith from The Cardiacs, ULTRASOUND did find themselves back together in a rehearsal room in 2010. Subsequent carefully chosen live shows at the Bull & Gate, Cargo and the Borderline presented a band who were (back) at ease with themselves. And creating the mammoth sounds of last year‚Äôs comeback single ‚ÄòWelfare State‚Äô / ‚ÄòSovereign‚Äô gave them a taste for the creative juices they had never lost, just gently misplaced for a decade. The excellent news is that that lost decade has not withered their appetite for gargantuan pop hooks and outlandlishly cosmic freakouts. ‚ÄòThe Play Today‚Äô was recorded in SNAP studios in North London and produced by Guy Massey. It consists of ten songs sprawled across 53 minutes and ransacks their trademark widescreen heart-searching / art-thrusting box of prog tricks, veering from the rock‚Äôn‚Äôroll brutalism, sadfaced pop hookery and an epic number replete with mournful colliery brass band.
Of course, it is sublimely, typically ULTRASOUND that it should be thirteen years which separate their albums. Never knowingly understated at the best of times it would somehow have been poor form if they had waited a prissy half decade like the Stone Roses before getting around to a follow-up. So here they are now. Entertain them. And quickly ‚Äì otherwise it could well be the year 2025 before we get to hear a third album‚Ä¶
‚ÄòPlay For Today‚Äô Tracklisting:
‚Ä¢ Welfare State ‚Ä¢ Beautiful Sadness ‚Ä¢ Twins ‚Ä¢ Nonsense ‚Ä¢ Between Two Rivers ‚Ä¢ Goodbye Baby, Amen ‚Ä¢ Deus Ex Natura ‚Ä¢ Long Way Home ‚Ä¢ Glitter Box ‚Ä¢ Sovereign ‚Ä¢
ULTRASOUND LIVE: LONDON KINGS CROSS SCALA: OCTOBER 4TH 2012
£9 adv. tickets: here
ULTRASOUND'S album launch has been rescheduled to Thursday 4th October
The venue and concert timings will remain the same.
All current ticket holders will have be valid for the later date. Please contact the ticketing company for refunds.
Anyone who bought the ticket & signed CD bundle will have the option to receive the album by post or pick up at the event. You'll receive an email from us shortly.