ULRIKA SPACEK

Announce UK Tour

 

Following the release of their second album, 'Modern English Decoration', London-based five-piece Ulrika Spacek have just announced a headline UK tour for this October. The band will also be supporting Ride on their UK tour throughout November. 

 

 

Unsurprisingly given the context of its creation, Modern English Decoration might be considered a companion piece of sorts to the band's debut LP The Album Paranoia. But there are crucial differences. Most notably, this isn’t the work of the Ulrika Spacek conceptualised by Edwards and Williams in Berlin – Modern English Decoration is the band as five rather than two people, and it shows. Those who have witnessed the intensity of their live show will instantly recognise the merits in this. The bass and drums provide a versatile anchor, at once soft, then aggressive, while the vocals drift woozily in and out, like druggy hindsight or skewed premonition. With three guitarists in the band guitars were always going to be central to the music, but what is less expected is the dynamic interplay between the trio that suggests a three-headed version of the Verlaine-Lloyd axis at the heart of Television. What’s more, the absence of reverb is integral, in part attributable to the ambience of the studio, but also a conscious decision in order to add focus. And focus is the abiding term: this is an album designed to be just so - a 45 minute commitment, a surrender. 

See Ulrika Spacek live:
September

16th - Levitation Festival - Angers, France
23rd - Le Grand Mix - Tourcoing, France 
24th - Stroomhuis - Eindhoven, Netherlands
26th - Loppen - Copenhagen, Denmark
27th - Obaren - Stockholm, Sweden
29th - Oceanen - Gothenberg, Sweden
30th - Radar - Aarhus, Denmark
October 
1st - Hafenklang - Hamburg, Germany
6th - The Angel - Nottingham, UK
7th - The Workmans Club - Dublin, Eire
9th - Hug and Pint - Glasgow, UK
10th - The Soup Kitchen - Manchester, UK
11th - Louisiana - Bristol, UK
12th - Oslo - London, UK
13th - Sticky Mike's Frog Bar - Brighton, UK
November
7th - O2 Forum Kentish Town - London, UK*
8th - O2 Institute - Birmingham, UK*
9th - SWX - Bristol, UK*
10th - Leeds Beckett University - Leeds, UK*
12th - O2 Academy 1 - Liverpool, UK*
13th - Boiler Shop - Newcastle, UK*
14th - The Queens Hall - Edinburgh, UK*
* - supporting Ride

ULRIKA SPACEK stream new album in full online! 

Meticulously crafted, reverb-heavy art-rock from the east-London based band as they share new LP in full ahead of release on Friday. 

 

Ahead of the album release on Friday, East-London based five-piece Ulrika Spacek are streaming their new record'Modern English Decoration' in full online now.

The band are set to play a headline London show at The Lexington on June 14th as well as various other UK shows this June.

'Modern English Decoration’ is, in part, a play on an interior design cliché, whilst also referencing the Victorian house in which it was made. But while there’s an element of domesticity to the album’s creation, the themes that drive the songs are not that – reflecting an all too common sense of mid-twenties alienation, anxiety, alongside the comforts/ burdens of self awareness. Ulrika Spacek’s craft is purposely thought out and the result is a conscious decision. This album is designed to be a 45-minute commitment. 

Ulrika Spacek formed in Berlin in one night, when 14-year-long friends Rhys Edwards and Rhys Williams conceptualised ‘Ulrika Spacek’ and came up with The Album Paranoia as their debut album title. Moving back to London with the intention to record it, they were joined by Joseph Stone (guitars, organ, synths, violin), Ben White (bass) and Callum Brown (drums, percussion), ossifying into the five-piece they are now. The album was released soon after with little forewarning  and was accompanied by a year long, near-monthly club night called Oysterland that the band both curated and performed at. Less than 18 months later, the follow up arrives eerily fully formed, somewhat inevitably according to Edwards: "We started making this record as soon as we finished our first. Like our debut, we started with Track One on the album and went from there."
  
Unsurprisingly given the context of its creation, Modern English Decoration might be considered a companion piece of sorts to the band's debut LP The Album Paranoia. But there are crucial differences. Most notably, this isn’t the work of the Ulrika Spacek conceptualised by Edwards and Williams in Berlin – Modern English Decoration is the band as five rather than two people, and it shows. Those who have witnessed the intensity of their live show will instantly recognise the merits in this. The bass and drums provide a versatile anchor, at once soft, then aggressive, while the vocals drift woozily in and out, like druggy hindsight or skewed premonition. With three guitarists in the band guitars were always going to be central to the music, but what is less expected is the dynamic interplay between the trio that suggests a three-headed version of the Verlaine-Lloyd axis at the heart of Television. What’s more, the absence of reverb is integral, in part attributable to the ambience of the studio, but also a conscious decision in order to add focus.
 
Having recently supporting Slowdive & Wire on UK dates, Ulrika Spacek will be playing the following shows:
 
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

ULRIKA SPACEK

Preview new album via answer machine. Call KEN!

 

With their new album Modern English Decoration set for release next Friday, June 2nd on Tough Love, Ulrika Spacek are previewing the record's ten tracks via the answer machine at the South London shared house in which the band recorded, produced & mixed the entire record.
 
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. They now invite fans to preview the work ahead of release over the coming week, and to leave messages for the band.
 
They will be previewing different tracks every day on +44 (0) 20 8985 9299.
 
Ulrika Spacek are set to play a headline London show at The Lexington on June 14th as well as various other UK shows this June.
 
Ulrika Spacek formed in Berlin in one night, when 14-year-long friends Rhys Edwards and Rhys Williams conceptualised ‘Ulrika Spacek’ and came up with The Album Paranoia as their debut album title. Moving back to London with the intention to record it, they were joined by Joseph Stone (guitars, organ, synths, violin), Ben White (bass) and Callum Brown (drums, percussion), ossifying into the five-piece they are now. The album was released soon after with little forewarning  and was accompanied by a year long, near-monthly club night called Oysterland that the band both curated and performed at. Less than 18 months later, the follow up arrives eerily fully formed, somewhat inevitably according to Edwards: "We started making this record as soon as we finished our first. Like our debut, we started with Track One on the album and went from there."
 
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 share new video 'Full of Men'

Album 'Modern English Decoration' due June 2nd via Tough Love Record. 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."

 

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

ULRIKA SPACEK

Share new single 'Full of Men'. Album 'Modern English Decoration' due June 2nd via Tough Love Records! More UK dates announced!

 

With their new LP set for release June 2nd via Tough Love Records, London-based five-piece Ulrika Spacek share new single 'Full of Men'. 

Speaking about the new track, the band said "Writing 'Full of Men' came at an important time writing our second record. It was one of those songs that we knew quite quickly would characterise the second record, it pins a particular era for us. Lyrically it's quite aggressive for us. Sometimes I feel this world is just so full of men'".

Ulrika Spacek

Announce new album & share first single 'Mimi Pretend'. LP due June 2nd via Tough Love.

UK tour dates announced!

Ulrika Spacek ​return on June 2nd with the release of their second album, Modern English Decoration. Much like their debut album released in early 2016, the band chose to record, produce and mix the entirety of the record 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. The band are sharing the first single 'Mimi Pretend' from the record online now. 

The relatively short amount of time between their first and second albums is testament to the band’s self-contained creative environment and the productivity it encourages. There’s a tendency to label this degree of self-reliant creativity ‘DIY’ - and the band do certainly feel emboldened by that ethos - yet to consider Modern English Decoration solely in these terms is a disservice. Their craft is considered and purposeful, the means of its production reflecting the band’s overall vision rather than the value system of an often haphazard and accidental DIY culture. “We enjoy listening to music through the album format and want our records to reflect that”, says Rhys Edwards (guitars, vocals, synthesiser). “Though we may explore this in the future, our records are not 'jam' records. We’re fans of collage based art, and create music in the same way“

Ulrika Spacek formed in Berlin in one night, when 14-year-long friends Rhys Edwards and Rhys Williams conceptualised ‘Ulrika Spacek’ and came up with The Album Paranoia as their debut album title. Moving back to London with the intention to record it, they were joined by Joseph Stone (guitars, organ, synths, violin), Ben White (bass) and Callum Brown (drums, percussion), ossifying into the five-piece they are now. The album was released soon after with little forewarning  and was accompanied by a year long, near-monthly club night called Oysterland that the band both curated and performed at. Less than 18 months later, the follow up arrives eerily fully formed, somewhat inevitably according to Edwards:"We started making this record as soon as we finished our first. Like our debut, we started with Track One on the album and went from there. 

 

Making a batch of songs then ordering them after they’re all finished isn't something we have much interest in.". Shirking the temptations to write ten three-minute singles, a more open and expansive style is preferred. Writing and arranging as they go, the intention is to let the material find its own place in the set, all the while retaining a sense of direction that avoids the pitfalls of self-indulgence.

Given the lyrics often favour abstraction and the vocals can be more impressionistic than declarative, the album title itself offers perhaps the most telling entry point to the record. In part, it’s 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.  

Unsurprisingly given the context of its creation,Modern English Decoration might be considered a companion piece of sorts to The Album Paranoia.But there are crucial differences. Most notably, this isn’t the work of the Ulrika Spacek conceptualised by Edwards and Williams in Berlin – Modern English Decoration is the band as five rather than two people, and it shows. Those who have witnessed the intensity of their live show will instantly recognise the merits in this. The bass and drums provide a versatile anchor, at once soft, then aggressive, while the vocals drift woozily in and out, like druggy hindsight or skewed premonition. With three guitarists in the band guitars were always going to be central to the music, but what is less expected is the dynamic interplay between the trio that suggests a three-headed version of the Verlaine-Lloyd axis at the heart of Television. What’s more, the absence of reverb is integral, in part attributable to the ambience of the studio, but also a conscious decision in order to add focus. And focus is the abiding term: this is an album designed to be just so - a 45 minute commitment, a surrender. 

 

Ben White -  Bass.
Callum Brown – Drums & Percussion.
Joseph Stone – Guitars, Synthesiser, Organs, Violin.
Rhys Edwards – Guitars, Vocals, Synthesiser.
Rhys Williams – Guitars.

 

See Ulrika Spacek live:
March 8th - Sebright Arms, London 
March 27th - The Art School, Glasgow (supporting Slowdive)
March 28th - Arts Club, Liverpool  (supporting Slowdive)
April 29th - Portsmouth Psych Fest
April 30th - Festevol, Liverpool
August 4th - OFF Festival, Katowice

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