&U&I will release their debut full length ‘Light Bearer’ through their own Ondryland record label on 21st November, 2011. The band released their first EP ‘Kill the Man that Shot that Man’ in October 2010, picking up great reviews and making themselves known to British Rock press, scoring an Introducing piece in Kerrang!
Produced by Chris Common of These Arms Are Snakes fame, ‘Light Bearer’ was recorded in Cascais, Portugal, apart from the drums which were recorded at Namouche Studios in Lisbon. Namouche was designed by the same people who designed Abbey Road and is in fact dimensionally the same as Abbey Road 2. The rest of the recording took place in Cork House Studios which was based in the basement of Chris Common’s parents’ mansion. Drummer Rob ‘Wiz’ Wisely comments of the process – “Giving ourselves only two weeks to record, we were prepared for a challenge, however it was the smoothest and most stress free recording we have ever done. We had at least two hours in the pool a day and even had two days off. Every night we spent either out at the local bars until the early hours or drinking beers by the pool, so it felt more like a holiday than a recording session.”
The relaxed nature of the recording process hasn’t made the band’s music any less vital or driven and this album is a cohesive meshing of riffery, melody and raw emotion. Wiz comments – “Light Bearer was written with the intention of it being an album rather than just a selection of songs. We wanted the record to flow from start to finish. This was factored into the writing process quite heavily. We tried to step away from using parts that were off kilter or unpredictable for the sake of it, instead using parts which suit the pace and feel of each song. Nothing for the record was preconceived; every part of the album was written between the three of us in our small little practice room.”
Light Bearer means Lucifer.
Tour Dates w/ Shapes
Fri 7th – HARTLEPOOL, The Red Room
Sat 8th – LIVERPOOL, Mello Mello
Fri 14th – NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
Sat 15th – LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club (Brainwash Festival)
Thu 20th – MANCHESTER, Alter Ego
Fri 21st – BIRMINGHAM, The Flapper
Sat 22nd – LONDON, Purple Turtle
Sun 23rd – TUNBRIDGE WELLS, Forum
Thu 27th – DERBY, The Vic Inn
Fri 28th – CHELTENHAM, Frog & Fiddle
Sun 30th – KINGSTON, Fighting Cocks
Mon 31st – BRIGHTON, Hector’s House
Mon 7th – GLASGOW, Captain’s Rest
Tue 8th – EDINBURGH, Sneaky Pete’s
Wed 9th – DUNDEE, Dexter’s
Thu 10th – BELFAST, Limelight
Sat 12th – CORK, Crane Lane Theatre
1/4 Of our favourite’s Conquistadors directed the music video!