UT have announced a series of US dates that includes a headline slot at Theoretical Music festival in Brooklyn on 5 November 2010. With the exception of an unannounced show at the Luminaire in London in July 2010, these will be their first shows in over 20 years, Ut last performed in Paris in March 1990.

A seminal influence on later bands such as Sonic Youth, Ut (Nina Canal, Jacqui Ham and Sally Young) originated in New York City in December 1978, sprung from the downtown No Wave scene. The inheritors of the fertile collision between rock, free jazz and the avant garde that first manifest itself in the Velvet Underground, Ut soon became a serious force within the New York music scene.

The band were joined briefly by film-maker Karen Achenbach in 1979 before resuming as a three-piece and migrating to London in 1981. Ut toured the UK with bands such as The Fall, The Birthday Party, The Raincoats and Pigbag. Originally releasing albums on their own label, Out Records, distributed by Rough Trade Records, the band became a favourite of John Peel’s (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/artists/u/ut/) and recorded sessions for his show in 1984 and 1987 before joining forces with Blast First in 1987.

Ut never softened or diluted its force, its restless confrontation and its pull on the secret heart of rock and roll.


Fri 5 Nov – Brooklyn, NY – Issue Project Room

Theoretical Music: No Wave, New Music, and the New York Art Scene, 1978-1983


Sun 7 Nov – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s – http://www.maxwellsnj.com/

Mon 8 Nov – Providence, RI – AS220 – http://www.as220.org/

Weds 10 Nov – Allston, MA – Great Scott – http://www.greatscottboston.com

In Gut’s House and Griller are available now on Mute / Blast First.

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