Saturday 23 April 2022, 8pm
“I swear I have never seen a band play harder, I have never seen musicians put so much into their instruments, I have never seen such concentration on stage; in short, I have never seen people make rock ‘n’ roll so much their own, using the normal tools to create a singular, bone-shaking form of expression.” – The Village Voice
Ut is a radical rock group founded by Nina Canal, Jacqui Ham and Sally Young in NYC in Dec 1978. Originating in the downtown No Wave scene and inheritors of the collision between rock, free jazz and the avant-garde, Ut exploded the rigidity of conventional rock, constructing songs through collective improvisation, swapping instruments and rotating the role of singer/director.
Migrating to London in 1981, Ut played with bands like The Fall and The Birthday Party and released music on their own label, Out Records. Ut became a favorite of BBC's John Peel and recorded sessions for his show. Joining forces in 1987 with the label Blast First, they released the critically acclaimed In Gut's House in 1988 and made that year’s NME ‘Top 50 Albums’. The album Griller followed in 1989, engineered by label mate Steve Albini, who shared Ut's raw aesthetic and captured the band’s intensity.
Ut disbanded in 1990, but began performing again in 2010. The band is currently reissuing its remastered catalogue on Out Records, through Forte Distribution, and available on Bandcamp.
“UT have an almost Mishima-like intensity in their attack and their understanding of how what you love the most is often what rips you totally apart." – Your Flesh
“The raw power and sheer drive of Ut is quite straightforward and unmistakable. This is a true threatening guitar band." – N.Y. Rocker
Shake Chain are a four piece experimental rock group whose sound is made up by a melting pot of its geographically displaced member's distinctly differing views on what the band actually is. Performance art, sound art, post punk, pop or rock, they're all in there fighting against each other. They had just managed to get their debut EP ‘Neil Yonge and Bob Doylan Live at Hyde Park’ out at the tail end of 2019, with plans for a full length in the new year, when the music world was suddenly forced into an indefinite hiatus. Everyone was going to have to wait at least 2 years for their next dose of inaudible human repellent, in fact they are still waiting. However, with a pending album very recently hacked out in the New Forest’s Chuckalumba studios during storm Eunice, the band returned to their pre-pandemic starting positions, ready for round two.
“Your ‘music’ is what I imagine an exorcism to sound like. I’m sorry, but what utter shite” – Instagram User @lousta98