The album is a daydream of upbeat guitars and vocals, created by the band’s free and easy, non-restrictive approach to songwriting that sees them explore every aspect of their own creativity, with more than a healthy nod to influences such as Weezer and Pavement. As a result, the band’s sound is hard to define, with tracks such as “Wolves Of The Netherworld” and “Bone Collector” very much channelling the sense of fun that was inherent in a lot of late 90s college rock, while tracks like “Feeling Fragile” and “Down” tell a more personal story. There is no concrete template for Universal Thee – they play what they feel, which is something that some might say is missing in today’s ultra-media savvy musical landscape.
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James Russell (guitar & vocals), Lisa Russell (vocals), Robin Spivey (guitar) Andrew Perrie (bass) and Kevin Haddow (drums) formed the band in Edinburgh following on from time served in the imaginatively named Lunch with Stevie’s Monkey, 19 Folds, The David Icke Experience, and The Mink Stoles. Determined to settle on a name that the entire band could live with, they democratically chose Universal Thee, originally a placeholder, but after a series of establishing gigs at Cabaret Voltaire and Haddowfest, the moniker stuck.
With a fun, refreshing, genre-defying sound that gives every member of the band the opportunity to showcase their unique tastes, Universal Thee are yet another shining example of the delights Scotland’s music scene has to offer.
Back To Earth is released March 31st 2014 via Eventual Heirs Records