UT – Announce UK Tour – September 2011

UT – Announce UK Tour ”“ September 2011

Via Mute PR

“Every gig these three”¦ played between migrating to London in 1981 and splitting in 1990 felt like it could be their last, such was the force of their emotion, their unwillingness to compromise. Guitar strings were coerced, battered, detuned, retuned ”“ and maybe only then returned, bruised and bewildered, to their original state.” ”“ Plan B ”“ Everett True

Ut set out on a UK tour this September with a series of dates that include London’s Lexington on 23 September 2011, their first in the UK in over 20 years (with the exception of a short, unannounced show at the Luminaire in London in July 2010).

23 September: The Lexington, London
24 September: The Croft, Bristol
25 September: The Prince Albert, Brighton
26 September: The Pavilion, Cork
27 September: Soup Kitchen, Manchester
28 September: Stereo, Glasgow

Ut was formed by Nina Canal, Jacqui Ham and Sally Young in New York City in December 1978. Sprung from the downtown No Wave scene, inheriting the fertile collision between rock, free jazz and the avant garde that first manifested itself in the Velvet Underground, Ut soon became a serious force within the New York music scene and a seminal influence on later bands like Sonic Youth.

The band were joined briefly by film-maker Karen Achenbach in 1979 before resuming as a three-piece and migrating to London in 1981. Ut toured the UK with bands such as The Fall, The Birthday Party, The Raincoats and Pigbag. Originally releasing albums on their own label, Out Records, distributed by Rough Trade Records, the band became a favourite of John Peel’s and recorded sessions for his show in 1984 and 1987 before joining forces with Blast First in 1987.

Ut never softened or diluted its force, or abandoned its restless confrontation with the boundaries of rock.

“It isn’t rock anymore. But what is? There’s no one like them” ”“ NME

The critically acclaimed ‘In Gut’s House’ was originally released in 1988 and made NME’s Top 50 that year. As The Washington Post exclaimed, “With In Gut’s House, Ut has scraped and droned one of the finest underground rock albums of the year… The tightly interwoven, firmly focused sound… is rich, spooky, urgent and quite unexpectedly beautiful.”

In 1989 the band recorded and released the album ‘Griller’. Engineered by label mate Steve Albini, who shared Ut’s raw aesthetic, Griller captured the gripping intensity and sheer power of the Ut experience.

In Gut’s House and Griller are available now on Mute / Blast First.

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Phil Newall is from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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