Ut have announced a series of US dates that includes a headline slot at Theoretical Music festival in Brooklyn on 5 November 2010. With the exception of an unannounced show at the Luminaire in London in July 2010, these will be their first shows in over 20 years, Ut last performed in Paris in March 1990.
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A seminal influence on later bands such as Sonic Youth, Ut (Nina Canal, Jacqui Ham and Sally Young) originated in New York City in December 1978, sprung from the downtown No Wave scene. The inheritors of the fertile collision between rock, free jazz and the avant garde that first manifest itself in the Velvet Underground, Ut soon became a serious force within the New York music scene.
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, its restless confrontation and its pull on the secret heart of rock and roll.
Ut 2010 US tour dates:
(Dates and information subject to change.)
Fri 5 Nov - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room
Theoretical Music: No Wave, New Music, and the New York Art Scene, 1978-1983
Sun 7 Nov - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's - maxwellsnj.com
Mon 8 Nov - Providence, RI - AS220 - as220.org
Weds 10 Nov - Allston, MA - Great Scott - greatscottboston.com
In Gut's House and Griller are available now on Mute / Blast First.
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.
"It isn't rock anymore. But what is? There's no one like them." - NME
"Every gig these three… played between migrating to 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