Thing of the Day

Off! are off over here - and Ut too

August 4th 2011

Couple of significant U.S bands heading our way… Off!, the U.S hardcore band fronted by Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), play their first ever UK dates this month, starting today actually, they’ve also unveiled a new video…. Meanwhile, new wave / no wave flavoured New York cult legends Ut have just announced their first UK tour in 20 years….

 U.S Hardcore outfit OFF! are to play their first UK dates this week; the band, fronted by Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), and who first featured as an Organ Thing of the Day a few weeks ago, have also just unveiled a live video for ‘Compared To What’, filmed for Incase Room 205, here it comes now…

Here comes some official press release background type blurb…Off!

“The individual roots established by Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross), and Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt) are uniquely woven throughout the rock music canon. Each has challenged society’s cyclical and complacent ideals in their own respective bands, and three decades on they’ve never strayed from their intentions. Now they come together as a four-piece called OFF! and they’re as confrontational as ever, lunging inside the aesthetic of West Coast hardcore to push life’s most provocative issues to the forefront….” 

OFF! Play the following UK dates as part of their current European tour….
Aug 4th - Rebellion Festival Blackpool, Aug 5th – Thekla, Bristol, Aug 6th - Hevy Music Festival Kent,  Aug 7th - Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth, Aug 25th - XOYO (w/Fucked Up) London, Aug 26th - Leeds Festival, Aug 28th - Reading Festival…

New wave No wave flavoured New York cult legends UT have just announced their first UK tour in 20 years….

UT   News of Ut touring should always be greeted with a glow of pleasure, they are one of those slightly different bands...
   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

More of that record label press release blurb stuff:

UT were 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.

UtThe 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 their restless confrontation with the boundaries of rock.

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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