URF are a neo-psychedelic, female fronted band from Manchester. The band blend the hard-hitting soundscapes of Black Angeles, the soothing shoegaze breeze from Slowdive and the gothic elements of The Cure to create a true elemental force that cannot be touched. Their unique psych sound is about to grab Manchester by storm with their upcoming debut EP ‘For The Ride’.
URF are composed of songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Abbi Parcell, synth and keyboardist Sophie Erasmus, drummer Jack Biggs, bassist and backing vocalist Ben Pratley, and songwriter and lead guitarist Scott Woodcock and have already supported the likes of Aussie psych band ORB and UK indie favourites Bloody Knees and Pretty vicious.
The Manchester 5 piece are set and ready for their debut EP launch next Friday and we have been lucky enough to receive an exclusive look at what lies ahead from this exciting young band. ‘For The Ride’ is a true collage of soundscapes which have been combined to create an exciting and exhilarating listen.
The opening track ‘Say You Don’t Mind’ is a psych explosion. Picture Black Angeles heavier moments, scramble them up, and some airy, and heavy drums and a baseline that inflicts pure hypnosis and you have this track. It is an epic and truly superb track which can tackle any song that stands before it.
‘Night Driving’ is a dreamy and euphoric addition. Its pounding drums blending in with luscious guitars make for each verse produce an elegant appearance. The chorus cascades noise with reverb-drenched vocals and a hard-hitting Swervedriver like approach which benefits their unique soundscapes. The elegant build is reminiscent of Slowdive’s glorious sound and the roaring conclusion is heavy, breathtaking and full of sonic energy.
The title track of the EP offers much more of the same ingredients as the previous two yet with a more melodic vocal performance and dreamy approach of jangly guitars and a softer tempo to begin with. ‘For The Ride’ brings you back up to a fast tempo psych belter. It’s a raging beast. The six and a half-minute climax is utterly incredible. It brings to close a truly remarkable, and unique sounding EP that has had me hooked ever since I began listening to it.
‘For The Ride’ is available everywhere on May 4th and we cannot wait!
The band are headlining Night People, Manchester on June 9th and it is expected to be one incredible night of music.
Words by Piran Aston.