Urusei Yatsura, led by
guitarists and vocalists Graham Kemp and Fergus Lawrie,
is yet another pop band from Scotland, but this time they
renege on the entire sugary school of their predecessors and embrace
Pavement's lo-fi approach.
The jewels of We Are (Che, 1996), i.e. the three singles that preceded
it (Siamese, Plastic Ashtray and Kewpies Like Watermelon),
sport the same indulgent amateurish sound, blasted by distorted guitars,
although supported by the droning ambience coined by their fellow countrimen
Jesus And Mary Chain.
The project resembles what Blumfeld did in
Pulpo (Che, 1997) is a compilation of the 1995-1997 singles.
Kozee Heart and Strategic Hamlets are still the highlights of
their early days.
Strategic Hamlets, Fake Fur and Hello Tiger are duplicated
on second album Slain By (Che, 1998). Little else of notice transpires.
The verve and the passion are gone, replaced by polite and uninspired playing.
Third album Everybody Loves (Oni, 2000) experiments with a few
decadent ballads but its strength still rests on the bedlams of
Louche 33 and Superdeformer.
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