How to keep the fire at the blaze, in a musical relationship that in the last 30 years has numerous, perfectly shaped storms Standen? Is it possible to still be in such a turbulent career inspiration? In a career that took depressing lows its beginning before it upward, spiraled to the highest stratosphere of success - including band gadgets and rebirths; Alcoholism, megalomania and chart toppers; an ozone destroying amount of hair spray and a partnership, working on the since the seventies? In case of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, together since the mid-eighties as UNDERWORLD active, the solution was simple, far from his native climes aufzuspielen.
With her musical pioneering and exploratory texts could UNDERWORLD Since its fabled resurrection the development of electronic music drifting in the early nineties always forward. Their first album as a trio (with Darren Emerson, a young DJ from the neighborhood) "Dubnobasswithmyheadman", is critically acclaimed with applause, which seemed previously reserved for the highest ranks of the rock aristocracy. As a result of years of fine-tuning and constant refocusing "Dubnobass" the lifesaving Weckkuss, can only dream of the other bands at this late stage of her career. Over the next 15 years developed UNDERWORLD from iconic nerd who sold 500 12inches directly from the trunk out to the worldwide festival headliners and cash-magnet. Not without finding enough time for the sweet extras, whether subsonic experiments fOr underground dancefloors or film music directors like fOr Danny Boyle and Anthony Minghella.
The release of their sixth studio album, "Barking", Powered UNDERWORLD as a band that has fallen again in the adventure of a creative regeneration. As before, it needed a little push to bring the fire to blaze again. Already the machine pulse of the opening, "Bird 1", leaves no doubt: This music comes from a band that has been newly found - in an act of rebirth.
The history of UNDERWORLD begins a long time ago, in Cardiff., 1980 Karl encounters Rick randomly in a student dorm, justament as it seeks to get comfortable with just a nearly empty bottle of champagne, fully clothed in the bath to celebrate the last hours of his birthday. Your musical relationship blossomed from a common love of the strangest side of John Peel Show. First, you play with the rooted in Cardiff The Screen Gemz, then with Freur, whose name is represented by an embossed glyph and their look best with the word "Troubled" can be described. at CBS under contract, they send electronic sounds through a rock'n'roll instruments and work for it with the studio legends like Conny Plank (power plant, New!) And Dennis Bovell (The Slits, Orange Juice). Both help producers Smith and Hyde, their feverish obsession fOr motor electronics and cavernous to capitalize meandering Dub creative. Although successful in Europe, disappear Freur and the first version of UNDERWORLD with the tide of the game fads. The band released two albums with electric refined rock'n'roll, which they in some sort "In 80 days around the world" Treadmill aboard; while they take Australia to the album "Underneath The Radar" caught. When the band finally in 1989 slowly disintegrated versa Smith to Britain and moved to Essex while Hyde guitarist fOr Debbie Harry hired.
Zero Hour in the form of acid house has changed the musical landscape in the home long term. this forces Smith to undergo his music a revaluation. Acquaintance Darren Emmerson, 13 years younger than Smith and already remarkable inspirational as a DJ, leading to the first joint studio work and a relationship with the label Junior Boy's Own. Hyde found by chance at the exact moment to UNDERWORLD Back when the band just is about to publish a series of extremely avancierten 12inches: "Big Mouth", "Dirty", "Mmm ... Skyscraper I Love You" and "Rez" described (the latter song Jon Savage recently as the best kind of dance music, "A song that is inspired by the audience and the deal sealed by returning something: excitement, unity, sublimity"). Each of these plates is playful - yes, somehow "Strange". The music seems to exist in its own space-time continuum, a crucial step in addition to and / or from what everyone else is doing. are signifier Hydes "Stream Of Consciousness"-Lyrics - heavily inspired by Lou Reed "New York"-album and Sam Shepard book "Motel Chronicles" - combined with the cyclical electronics that hisses seemingly around the listener and einspinnt him ...
"Dubnobasswithmyheadman", the first UNDERWORLD-album with Emerson, published in January 1994. The British music newspaper Melody Maker described it as "The most important album since The Stone Roses and the best since Screamadelica," enthusiastic she adds, "There will always be just a band Underworld!". Thus Britain's music press gives final and enthusiastic dance music. reaffirm in the coming years UNDERWORLD her status as a revolutionary live act - with a sound, "Which is so unique that it can fail any imitation" (The Guardian) or with "pure three-dimensional Pop Art" (The Times). Quick one moves from the dance floor to a large tent, to finally end up on the main stage. The successor of "Dubnobass", "Second Toughest In The Infants", wrestles himself the intellectual New Musical Express an unusual praise from - "Softly in contact, elegant in the foundation and absolutely" slippery "in the rhythms, the Anti-Green Day trio claimed in their quest for dominance, as far as the western Groove." The transformation of the band of climbers atomizing to genre visionary is finished finally.
In early 1996 used the British director Danny Boyle while cutting its low-budget film's music "Dubnobass". His film adaptation of Irvine Welsh masterpiece "Trainspotting" shines in final cut with a soundtrack, which represents the master class of Britpop. The contribution of UNDERWORLD - "Nuxx", 1995 B-side of the single "Born Slippy" - Is synonymous with the film, and thus the whole summer 1996. The single climbs to No. 2 in the UK charts and sold in the UK alone 750,000 times. The text of "Nuxx" documented one of Hydeexplore s nightly excursions through London's West End, during a period of his life, in which he said that the limitless possibilities of excessive alcohol abuse fOr to have.
The third album as a trio bears the enigmatic title "Beaucoup Fish" - NME praises this time: "A remarkable third album - 74 minutes of most of unangepasstem techno and top of the gibberish of a big-eyed, vibrant hyperactive, which is probably old enough to know better." In response to the publication, the tour expands ever further (documented on the live album and the pioneering DVD, "Everything, Everything") And Emerson leaves UNDERWORLD, pursue to solo projects. With "Everything", the band's first online. On your website www.underworldlive.com leads Hyde a Public Diary, also offers the daily updated site for the past 10 years in addition to lots of little extras too furious radio shows - inspiring among others UNDRWORLDs experiences as a representation fOr John Peel on Radio 1 and of spontaneous live shows in every corner of the world.
Even before the release of "A Hundred Days Off" , Underworlds fourth album - their first as a duo - decides Hyde to exorcise his personal demons by outs himself as an alcoholic. This cathartic experience also explains the radiant, super-positive single release "Two Months Off" ("A classic, maybe even their best yet", BBC Online), a record that is omnipresent in the summer of 2002, and comes up with a similar hypnotic pull as "Nuxx" six years earlier.
Always eager to harness the power of new technologies available fOr to publish UNDERWORLD under its "Riverrun"-Project, a series of Internet exclusive publications and sell them directly to their fan base. Two years ago Radioheads corresponding attempt direct sales link the three "Riverrun"-Downloads different tracks to a half-hour, tightly woven sound-works. Many elements of the publication inspired the band in its soundtrack Danny Boyles science fiction film "Sunshine". Work on it and their music fOr "Breaking and Entering" (The last film Anthony Minghella) Leads directly to "Oblivion With Bells". An album that the cinematic qualities of the band clearly emphasized. Can we say that after a quarter century of cooperation, Underworld with age are somewhat mellow it so?
But the end of 2009 appears without much notice a different kind of Underworld-Plate. Much like the early, pressed in 500 copies 12inches "Downpipe" quite obviously for the dance floor made. Realized in collaboration with the two techno producers Mark Knight and D. Ramirez, sounds the plate in a way "Streamlined" as the last album "Freeform" sound. As "Downpipe" strikes in the clubs, arises UNDERWORLD again a question that bothers them for some time: Why not just invite a few congenial artists to the next UNDERWORLD-to make music together?
Barking created the same way. Next Knight and Ramirez ("Always Loved A Film", "Between Stars") Manages an entire ensemble of brilliant, similarly minded producers from all corners of modern dance music, with your personal touch to refine the original material of the band in addition. With this the drum'n'bass artist High Contrast are made Welsh ("Scribble", "Moon In Water"), The four-time Grammy winner Dubfire ("Bird 1", "Grace"), Originating from Bristol Dub Step-producer Appleblim and Al Tourettes ("Hamburg Hotel") as UNDER WORLDS Long-term companion Darren Price ("Between Stars").
While all nine tracks written by the band and in her studio The Pigshed be included, each collaboration takes a different shape to - here are a few edits, there some additional programming, up to total new construction - at the end all goes for the final mix of the band back. While UNDERWORLD has been perceived as a cohesive unit, benefits "Barking" Hydes of experiences during the elaborate work with Brian Eno on the project Pure Scenius, a working solely with improvisational jam band that together is found to play an unforgettable show at the Sydney Opera House.
With such a brilliant cast and this amount of talent is only the question arises how the sounds now. The first pulsation of subterranean bass, the first vocals - soft as ear whispered words - the first hissing hi-hats can be no doubts. This is UNDERWORLD - sheathed electronic effortlessly songs; Texts like a stream of consciousness that produces incessantly lasting images; a perfectly balanced mix of melody and rhythm. With their sixth studio album to introduce yourself UNDERWORLD in new top form - which is fair to add that the band has never sold below cost. As the bombing of Icarus II in Danny Boyles "Sunshine", served the way you work less the creative spark as an explosion of myriad new fragments. And that sounds just as brilliant and unique as we are used to from Underworld.
Thirty years here and UNDERWORLD play the best album of their career, by working with a hand-picked selection of guests? One may wonder already. It was a gamble but fOr UNDERWORLD perhaps was the whole trick also is to play away
The only question is, who they next get into bed times.
Should it nevertheless come, the seventh album ...!
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