Single Review: Universal Thee – Speaker

Posted by Kirsten Beveridge

Universal Thee - Speaker
Last month marked the release of Universal Thee‘s new track Speaker.  And yes, it is a song devoted to a speaker.  But how strange is that really?  Maybe Universal Thee are just all too aware that a band is nothing without its listeners, and a speaker is simply the link between the two.

Whatever the reasoning behind it, Speaker is indeed a song that is very listenable.  Universal Thee‘s sound is a spiky mix of indie-pop-punk-rock, creating a style that is biting and catchy in all the right places.  The Edinburgh-based band is fronted by husband and wife duo James (guitar and vocals) and Lisa Russel (vocals), alongside Robin Spivey (guitar), Andrew Perrie (bass) and Matt Grieve (drums).

After the release of Hounds, which can be downloaded for free here, Speaker is the second single from their upcoming album, All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace, which is due to be released on 19th February.  Speaker is a good indication of where the band’s sound is heading.  With attention-grabbing guitar riffs and shouty vocals, each different part of the song is memorable in itself.  Universal Thee will be launching their album at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh on 19th February, which is the perfect opportunity to see all that this exciting band has to offer next.

Universal TheeSpeaker is out now via Eventual Heirs Records and is available on download via iTunes.

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