Urusei Yatsura – You Are My Urusei Yatsura

There was something in the water in Nineties Scotland; a stellar wave of talent – ranging from Idlewild to Mogwai, the Delgados and Arab Strap – arrived onto the scene and the airwaves. Amidst it all stood Urusei Yatsura. To this day, one of those bands that inspires wide-eyed evangelising from hardcore believers, a band listed on innumerable “they shoulda been huge!” lists. Having called it quits in the early 2000s, Rocketgirl’s new compilation comprising eleven tracks from the band’s BBC sessions is a truly welcome surprise; personally I leapt out of my chair and howled “YES!” when this first appeared on the radar. I still remember, 1996, age sixteen, a friend’s bedroom as he waved a near-new but already battered CD case at me saying I had to hear it, that he’d not had the disc off in a month. He was right to rave about Urusei Yatsura and my love for the band has outlived that friendship by a long mile. In terms of the band’s trajectory, they emerged with their key features near fully established. The 1994 six song release All Hail Urusei Yatsura was a winning blend of post-hardcore guitar riffs mixing one part noise to … Continue reading Urusei Yatsura – You Are My Urusei Yatsura