One Unique Signal
One Unique Signal
Drums were replaced by tremelos and pulse rhythms and the more technical aproach to guitar work was scrapped in favour of feedback manipulation and distorted drones. The arrival of Drummer/Vocalist Lee Barber and Bassist James Beal soon after, marked a switch in sound to a more cohesive aproach with Krautrock rhythms brought in alongside more regimented guitar playing. Not long after this, Dean Knight left, Ed Harding came in, the name Windomn Chikarah was shelved and One Unique Signal was born. 2003 saw OUS team up with the newly formed Genepool Records to release debut single Lowry to superb reviews, with Drowned in Sound declairing it ‘Pure gold’. The AA side ‘Coins & Cards’ made it into the ‘Dirty Sanchez’ MTV show.
2 Years later, debut album Tribe, Castle and Nation was released, again to great reviews however, by the time it hit the shelves, 2 more band members (Lee Barber & Ed Harding) had left leaving the band with no option but to hide away in the practice room and regroup. The arrival of Byron Jackson, Dan Davis and long term OUS friend James Messenger by 2006 meant 3 guitarists and saw the band re evaluate their sound, heading back into a more psychedelic / drone / wall of noise direction. The 2008 release of the Dismemberment EP was very much a statement of intent towards this sound, with the introduction of drawn out bouts of feedback, tremelos and heavily layered guitars. In the summer of 2009 the band released their follow up, Villains to a Man as a free download alongside some hand crafted CD hard copies.
Julian Cope was impressed enough to declaire the release Album of the month on his Head Heritage website with the resulting attention prompting the band to colaborate again with Genepool to put together an official release on both CD & Vinyl. In Feb 2010 the band hooked up with Stephen Lawrie, founder of The Telescopes, for a 9 date UK tour to perform a set of the band's early material. The partnership has continued with shows across Europe and the US as well as OUS featuring on the live Telescopes album 'Live:Aftertaste', single 'We See Magic and We are Neutral, Unnecessary' as well as the yet unreleased new studio album. Band members can regularly be seen performing with Stephen at Telescopes shows. Byron and Nick also feature in the side project 'Rohame' alongside Jodie Cox (Narrows/Tropics) and solo artist Anji Cheung.
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