Ulrika Spacek, The Hug and the Pint, 08/2
Ulrika Spacek is a breath of fresh air and dark-rock ideology – a sombre, stunning rebellion. They took over The Hug and Pint’s cramped venue, devising a sort of established control within the confined space.
The London-based band played a short set-list of about 45 minutes, with songs taken from their recent LP The Album Paranoia, released on February 5th.
The mood was rhythmic and simultaneously detached, engaging with an abstract sense of balanced hypnosis. The green light’s shadow overcast on the wall reflected the head-bobbing band members, giving the appearance of being straight out of a ‘90s music video. The dark notes and mumbled lyrics delivered a comforting sense of captivating paranoia, secured in the tight venue’s claustrophobic scene.
The five-piece band consisting of three guitarists, a bassist and a drummer was a captivating vision into its own banality. The members were tall, swaying figures hunched over their instruments, exhibiting a sort of overgrown adolescence.
Frontman Rhys Williams was a reserved individual with a deeply personal and retired stage persona, a sober and calm presence characterising the band’s aesthetic and earnest outflow. His voice was evenly rocked with the sound’s resonance and profound echoes, the drowning guitars blending thoroughly.
The Hug and Pint’s basement became embodied with Ulrika Spacek’s presence and gravitational pull, fusing beer and dust with a spectacular, surreal atmosphere inherent to the band’s character.