– SHARE NEW VIDEO ‘FULL OF MEN’
– ALBUM ‘MODERN ENGLISH DECORATION’ DUE JUNE 2ND VIA TOUGH LOVE RECORDS
– UK TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
London-based Ulrika Spacek are set to release their new album on June 2nd via Tough Love Records. Today the band are sharing a new video for their recent single ‘Full of Men’. They are set to play a headline London show at The Lexington on June 14th as well as various other UK shows this June.
Directed by Kyle Macfadzean, vocalist Rhys E explains the concept of the video: “The story behind this video started with finding an old 70s Greek cookbook when I was in Athens. One night for some reason Rhys W and I were watching old 70s cooking programmes on the internet with a disillusioned chef and we came across a woman called Fanny Craddock, this became one of the references for the video.”
“This song is a swipe at masculinity and we were going to make a video quite literally full of men but we didn’t want to make something too obvious so ended up flipping the idea to play on the traditional female/housewife gender role in the setting of a cookery show, cutting up quite phallic things whilst under the male gaze of a camera man.”
Much like their debut LP The Album Paranoia released in early 2016, the band chose to record, produce and mix the entirety of the record of Modern English Decoration in their shared house – a former art gallery called ‘KEN’, so named because of a cryptic inscription found above the front door. Not just a studio and home, KEN is essentially the band’s hub, a space in which the surrounding ephemera of videos, artwork and even band photos are all created.
Modern English Decoration is, in part, a self-effacing play on an interior design cliché that references the meticulous creative processes the band adheres to. There’s also a nod towards the environment in which it was created – a Victorian house turned art gallery turned home studio. “This record was made in various rooms in our house, predominantly in the living room. Every part of the album reflects this, from the title to the setting of the lyrics. Doing everything ourselves is not just necessary: it’s important to us, as it allows us to truly create our own world”. While there’s an element of domesticity to the album’s creation, the themes that drive the songs are anything but, reflecting an all-too-common sense of mid-twenties alienation and anxiety, alongside the comforts/burdens of self-awareness.
Ulrika Spacek is:
Ben White – Bass.
Callum Brown – Drums & Percussion.
Joseph Stone – Guitars, Synthesiser, Organs, Violin.
Rhys Edwards – Guitars, Vocals, Synthesiser.
Rhys Williams – Guitars.
After recently supporting Slowdive & Wire on UK dates, Ulrika Spacek will be playing the following shows:
May 16th – Nuits Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
June 2nd – 02 Academy, Oxford, UK w/Slowdive
June 6th – Rough Trade instore, Nottingham, UK
June 8th – Rise Music instore, Bristol, UK
June 14th – The Lexington, London UK
July 23rd – Zanne Festival, Nicolosi, Italy
August 3rd – Kantine am Berghain, Berlin w/ The Men
August 4th – OFF Festival, Katowice
August 20th – Doune the Rabbit Hole, Doune, UK
August 27th – This Must Be The Place, Leeds, UK
Sept 15th – Levitation, Angers, France
‘Modern English Decoration‘ artwork:
‘Modern English Decoration‘ tracklist:
1. Mimi Pretend
3. Dead Museum
5. Everything, all the time
6. Modern English Decoration
7. Full of Men
8. Saw A Habit Forming
9. Victorian Acid
10. Protestant Work Slump