Boomkat Product Review:
First reissue of Ut’s NYC no wave classic ‘Conviction’ since 1987! Newly packaged with liner notes by OG fanboy Stewart Lee
Well known as the band who would all swap instruments after every song, Ut are the pioneering trio formed by Jacqui Ham, Nina Canal, and Sally Young during the heyday of “no wave” - a non-sound drawing on everything from noise to disco and jazz, and hellbent on pricking punk’s swell head and the pomp of late ‘70s heavy and prog rock styles.
Ut were among the most adept of their wave at ripping it all up and starting from scratch, quite literally doing it between songs, insisting on a reliance on in-the-moment intuition and improvisation in a way that railed against mainstream trends for virtuosity and unwieldy egos.
Their ’Conviction’ was recorded in 1985 toward the end of the no wave phase and finds their white hot guitars at their most nerve-jangling and spiky, pushed by clattering drums and possessed vox from the slunky swagger of ‘Confidential’, to open-out in key with their free jazz inspirations on ’Stain’, balmy folk strokes in ‘Bedouin’, and skipping from the reversed tapes loops of ‘Kcahsmahs (Spare Coconut)’, before letting all slosh out without giving a fuck on ‘Mouse Sleep’.