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Ultrasound

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Ultrasound crush the opposition like a supernova zapping a meteorite shower.
— NME

Variously described as post britpop, prog, glam and punk, Ultrasound, preferring to remain uncategorisable, came together in London during the Summer of Britpop, after meeting at College in the North of England.

Roots in the British underground psychedelic and experimental rock scenes of the 1980s and early 1990s, the band emerged in 1997 and soon gained attention for their “operatic prog-glam.

Nude had entered a bidding war to sign them in 1997 as  one of the most extraordinary rock bands to appear for decades. Ultrasound were that rare breed, a delicately nuanced progressive rock, punk, glam pop group – punk Floyd anyone? – fronted by a male singer housed in velour who happened to be just the wrong side of twenty stone. The world tilted on its axis for several spine-tingling moments.

An NME front cover and a slot on “Later with Jools Holland”. NME described it as “(sounding) like The Who’s Tommy – in its entirety – squeezed into four-and-a-half minutes.

Nude steered Ultrasound through the choppy waters of four single releases – including Best Wishes, Top 30 hit Stay Young, I’ll Show You Mine, If You Show Me Yours and Floodlit World – before the band’s debut double album, Everything Picture peaked at No.23 in April 1999. By the end of the year they’d split, disappearing as rapidly as they’d risen to prominence and Nude licked its wounds and moved on. An NME front cover and a slot on “Later with Jools Holland”. NME described it as “(sounding) like The Who’s Tommy – in its entirety – squeezed into four-and-a-half minutes.

Here is a band that sing songs about the revolutionary properties of rock ‘n’ roll and has the good grace to make these songs actually feel revolutionary.
— Q
Ultrasound remain a musical colossus…epic beyond the levels of all but the most corpulent stadium rockers, but it’s as fragile as egg shells.
— UNCUT
It’s the way they create such vast tapestries of familiar sounds into something that is utterly new and wholly their own.
— MOJO