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“Universal Thee deliver Indie of the catchiest calibre. With male-female vocals Universal Thee are masters of the loud-quiet-loud dynamic. Reminiscent of The Pixies at their finest, Universal Thee will have you singing their songs weeks after you first hear them.”
“they have been pioneering a loud-quiet dynamic: Pixie-esque, as well as crafting sharp melodies: Ash spring to mind. It is the band’s skill for blending these facets, together with a stream-of-consciousness vocal ambition, that creates a variable and striking business plan. As well as melody, there is a great deal of exciting noise; this combination, combined with male and female (lead) vocals, elicits an almost-Grunge/Punk splendor: rarely attempted in the 21st century. Aside from their gold credentials and strong war-chest of heroes and influences, the group are staunch tourers: bringing their songs as far and wide as possible. Their on-line following is growing, and attention is starting to mount. In a country, where there are comparatively few new acts making their presence known as far south as London, Universal Thee are part of a small crop that should be on the lips of NME and The Guardian alike”
“Prior to Becca and Duncan tearing the place up there came Universal Thee, who’ve got a bit of a Conor Oberst meets Art Brut thing going on. Some nicely delivered harmonies from James & Lisa Russell, particularly on songs ‘Feeling Fragile’ and ‘Honest Love’. Labeling them as indie wouldn’t properly do justice to the varied sound the quintet produce as there’s a grounding in older more traditional rock in the mix along with hints of folk & country so you get a fair old range for your money when seeing them.”
“There is an easy underlying humorous tilt to the music which is delivered in the context of indie rock with a heavy steer towards Celtic folk. The addition of Lisa sees the band with a more powerful and rounder sound to the material. This is a style of music which has the potential to gain a far wider audience than the current home-base and it will be interesting to see how things develop over the coming months. Whilst the sounds have a light-hearted catch, the underlying area of discourse is of a more serious weight and the combinations of instruments and voices play to the ear as a band which can be taken on face value or the brain be given a run-out with the depths of compositions on offer. They have found an engaging furrow in which to lay their plough and have developed an extensive catalogue of written songs. ”