We invite friends to shout about what they’re into each month. This month: Dom Gourley of Drowned in Sound!
You Are My Urusei Yatsura
The mid to late 1990s weren’t all about Blur, Oasis and Britpop. One city that didn’t care an iota for what was going on over the border was Glasgow, and at the heart of its constantly-thriving independent scene were Urusei Yatsura. Named after a Japanese manga comic, the four-piece are undoubtedly the closest these shores have come to a Sonic Youth of its own.
Meeting at the University of Glasgow, the band boast three albums and a host of incredible 45s. Despite attaining a healthy live following and a couple of Top 40 chart placings, they remained something of a “cult band”, eventually calling it a day in the summer of 2001. With the 20th anniversary of their debut We Are Urusei Yatsura upon us, Rocket Girl are putting out an eleven-song collection of BBC radio sessions entitled You Are My Urusei Yatsura. If there’s one record I’d implore you to add to your collection this month it’s this one.
Thekla, 24th Sep
This Nottingham-based trio only played their first show in May of last year, yet they’ve already carved out a reputation for being one of the most innovative, audacious and downright enthralling live bands on the circuit. Crafting soundscapes that veer between the glacial delicacy of Sigur Rós and crushing post-rock anthems comparable to 65daysofstatic or Explosions in the Sky, they’re an exciting proposition and one that shouldn’t be missed.
Their first physical release Vorfreude received rapturous reviews and, while it’s still only early days in the band’s short career, one expects these guys to be household names over the coming months. Come and see what all the fuss is about.
Thekla, 29th Sep
Arguably the most charismatic live performer in the UK right now, comparisons to Jarvis Cocker aren’t wide off the mark. Not to dwell too much on his peers however; the former Race Horses frontman has so much more to offer than that.
Expect to be dazzled by his wit and wisdom, not to mention the songs themselves, mostly taken from this year’s debut 2013 which came out on Moshi Moshi in March. Just make sure you’re not playing with your mobile phone or talking during his set as he will name and shame right there! He has the potential to be one of the most memorable gigs of the year.