Tuesday 18 February 2020, 7.30pm
“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
London-based Canadian artist / composer / drummer / singer Jenny Moore (Charismatic Megafauna, F*Choir) and her rabble rousing vocal ensemble present a testament to the intimacy and intensity of communal singing, on a choral-punk album of epic scope. With raucous maelstroms, droning incantations, sweet solos and meditative murmurs, Mystic Business encompasses the macro and the micro, the political and personal, the ancient and modern: from philosophy to Mini Cheddars, ‘who’s God?’ to clickbait, the apocalyptic to the small human drama.
The debut self-titled album, out now on The Audacious Art Experiment holds gang yells, rounds, stamp-claps and hot breaths shift to exhilarating choral arrangements that are complex but compulsively sing-along-able and catchy as hell. These are fortifying mantras to fall back on in uncertain moments: ‘We quit!’, ‘We want our bodies back!’, ‘I don’t want to choose you/I don’t want to choose anything!’, or ‘We are terrified… We are angry… We are hopeful… We are on the internet’.
Hailing from the prairies of Canada, Moore grew up with a strange brew of american hardcore and gospel music before moving to London to study art. For the last 10 years, she's straddled the DIY art and music scenes in London, making live performances in fields, warehouse, and art museums alike, and playing in bands like the dance-punk band Charismatic Megafauna, and the pop punk trio Bas Jan (whose debut album just released on Lost Map Records). Jenny runs the Hackney-based feminist F*Choir and is the first artist in residence at Borealis Festival for Experimental music in Bergen, Norway.