“…starry-eyed Pixies-meets-Pavement skew-whiff dynamics…”
– The Sunday Herald
The band have already teased fans and the press with a cheeky taste of the album by giving away two free tracks – the darkly decadent “Aranis Natas” and the lo-fi Belle and Sebastian-esque “Million Voices”. Now they’re giving away a third track to celebrate the album’s release, the uplifting and whimsical “Bear In The Hospital”.
You can also check out the video for “Bear In The Hospital” on the band’s YouTube channel.
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.
Producing 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 available now via Eventual Heirs Records. Buy it on iTunes.