Aire & Calder - Ultrasound - Everything Picture
Label: Nude Records - NUDE 12CDX • Format: 2x, CD Album, Limited Edition • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Indie Rock
Ultrasound are an English indie band, predominantly active during the late s. Having split up acrimoniously inthe band reunited in early with their first concert in eleven years scheduled for a benefit event in September of that year.
Andrew "Tiny" Wood a mature student and Richard Green a year-old classical cellist met on the Popular and Commercial Music course, where they also befriended Andy Peace.
Moving on to a music degree course in Newcastle, they encountered future bass player Vanessa Best. Following a succession of brief-lived bands, Wood, Green and Peace teamed up with guitarist and songwriter Paul Hope, an old ally and bandmate of Wood's who had worked with him in a band called Step TLV.
- The Alternate Beggars Banquet Album together a psychedelic rock band called Sleepy People. For the next two years the band toured around the UK playing in various small venues around the UK and gaining underground attention. They also reconnected Aire & Calder - Ultrasound - Everything Picture Andy Peace who had left the band some time previously.
At this point, Green played bass as he had in Sleepy People and Wood doubled on guitar and harmonium as well as lead vocals. Wood was later to comment that the band "had a bit too much prog-rock about it.
With the subsequent departure of Haslam, the band began to reduce their more obvious progressive rock influences in favour of a stronger element of s glam rock and a more pronounced "indie" outlook. Despite the more commercially acceptable developments of their sound, the renamed band was initially no more successful.
Following a year of struggling to keep going, Ultrasound released their first single "Same Band" on Fierce Panda in July It brought them some favourable press in NMEwho described it as " sounding like The Who's Tommy - in its entirety - squeezed into four-and-a-half minutes In turn, the Unsigned Showcase appearance led Ultrasound to a recording contract with Nude Recordsfollowing a bidding war between various record labels excited by the band's powerful live presence.
Wood, in particular, became a frequent interviewee and subject of attention in the British weekly music press, making a virtue of subjects usually avoided or discouraged in pop music discourse such as his relative older age as a rock star debutante, his obesity, and his unfashionable enthusiasm for progressive rock.
The band compounded their success by playing a string of music festivalsculminating in a critically acclaimed performance at the Glastonbury Festival during a torrential downpour. DuringUltrasound worked in the recording studio on their debut albumEverything Picture. It was both a Melody Maker 'Single of the Week' and a modest chart success reaching number Everything Picture was released in April as a double album CDor triple vinyl, release.
The album received poor reviews for its length and lack of focus. This particular opportunity gained an appearance on the front page of The Independent newspaper. Peace and Jones also carried out a naked catwalk streakwhich was captured on live TV. During the summer, the band cancelled a set of live dates during the festival season, including one at the T in the Park festival in Scotlandalthough they did fit in a second Glastonbury appearance.
Shortly afterwards, severe existing tensions within Ultrasound reached breaking point and Richard Green walked out on the band. With their main songwriter gone and continuing dissension among the remaining members, the band foundered.
Ultrasound officially split up on 12 October While the other band members went their separate ways to pursue new projects, Tiny Wood returned alone to Newcastle and briefly attempted to reform Ultrasound with a new line-up. The new version of Ultrasound performed their only live show at the Newcastle Arts Centre in the spring of but disbanded shortly afterwards due to lack of interest from all parties.
Wood also took on the role of lead singer in Blue Apple Boy featuring his former Sleepy People bandmates and performed on their debut album Salient Soma Sound, Richard Green settled in Leeds and formed The Somatics, who released two albums.
Matt Jones went on to form Minuteman. He also wrote the music for the film Thespian X. She has now moved into music education management. In earlyUltrasound were invited to reform for a benefit concert raising money for one of their key influences, Tim Smith of Cardiacs who had suffered a Aire & Calder - Ultrasound - Everything Picture heart attack and stroke in In Marchthe five members of the band reunited at Vanessa Best's home in Shoreditch, London, ending a decade of estrangement.
They subsequently agreed not only to play the concert but to reunite and write material for a new album. Further concerts were planned for London in late September, followed by one on 8 October in Bradford. In the same month, Matt Jones left the band for a second time this time amicablyopting to continue as a touring keyboard player for Beady Eye as well as concentrate on other projects.
He was replaced as Ultrasound's keyboard player by Bob Birch. Along with fellow GP Dr Nicki Waldman, they formed the record label 'Classic Album Club Records' with the specific aim of releasing further music by Ultrasound, although the label now also includes the Manchester band 'Nihilists' featuring James Mudriczski, formerly the lead singer of Puressence.
The line-up of the band at this time is Andrew 'Tiny' Wood on vocals and guitar, Richard Green on guitar and vocals, Vanessa Best now Wilson on bass and vocals, and Bruce Renshaw on drums. November saw a triumphant return to the Generation Replicant - Immaculate Palace - Us VS Them: Vol.
1 scene at the Scala, London, in which the band played new songs from new album. Fans cited the show to be ' an incredible performance from an understated gem of the British rock scene' [ citation needed ].
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 2 November Retrieved 21 October London: Guinness World Records Limited. The Great Rock Discography 5th ed. Edinburgh: Mojo Books.
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