The Future’s Here Today: Ulrika Spacek

Formed in Berlin, Ulrika Spacek are a formidable proposition, and not one to be taken lightly. Comprising Rhys Edwards, Rhys Wiliams, Ben white, Callum Brown and Joseph Stone, they have fleshed out their sound since their early days.

Reminiscent of late 80s psych-loving bands like Spacemen 3 and Loop, fused with post-punk energy, their guitars are gritty and intense, underpinned by doomy synth sounds, and in the case of tracks like Victorian Acid and Mimi Pretend , not for the faint-hearted.

Their videos and artwork too are an important factor- with a DIY ethic beloved of all self-respecting indie fans: a nod to post-punk here and there in visuals and typeface, and with an exciting creepy video for Full of Men which parodies cookery programmes with a rictus grin.

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Second album Modern English Decoration is out now, and will destroy all whimpering Coldplay fans everywhere, with its intensity and uncompromising layers of sound. The late John Peel would have been proud. An ongoing tour this summer includes festival dates. Check website details below.

(Lorna Irvine)


Modern English Decoration

Modern English Decoration is out now via Tough Love



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