Spotlight | &U&I return with brand new track ‘The Stamp’
“If people dig the new EP and people are still wanting to hear the music we make, then who are we to deny them.”
&U&I are an institution. They’ve played with some of the UK’s finest, produced some of the best new-age post-hardcore there is and climbed on some the best speaker racks the festival circuit has to offer. But, it’s been over 3 years since they released a record. Which left many of us wondering… “when the fuck are they going to write some new music?”
But despite our needy and often overbearing expectations as fans; for bands and artists to produce endless music, regardless of monetary and time constraints – &U&I have recorded a new EP. And it’s really good. So shut up, you greedy dickbag.
Taken from their up-coming four-track EP, Merci, the trio’s newest track ‘The Stamp’ is &U&I at their most direct. It’s concise, frantic and refreshingly stripped back – just 3 minutes of guitar, bass, drums and vocals. No endless layers, no post-rock builds, no cruddy synths, no bullshit. So re-introduce yourselves to &U&I and listen to their brand new track ‘The Stamp’. Video above.
Talking to us earlier, Thom spoke about the new EP, single and the future of &U&I:
“The new record kind of came about after we played our set at ArcTanGent last year. We felt really bad that so many people had come to see us play and we didn’t having anything new to offer. So we re-worked some songs we had started a few years ago and wrote some new ones, and before we knew it we were in the studio recording Merci.
“‘The Stamp’ is the single from the new record and we were all unanimous in our decision that this should be the single. Lyrically, it’s a bit of a mishmash of lots of different themes. Some of it is about a drunken walk home I had, some of it is about an awesome gig I went to in London, and other parts are just generally about how much fun last year was for &U&I.
“In terms of the future, we’re not sure what’s going to happen really. We’ve very much become a “play it by ear” band. If people dig the new EP and people are still wanting to hear the music we make, then who are we to deny them.”
&U&I’s new four-track EP Merci, is set for release in May.