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With an engaging live presence, an ever-evolving colourfully recorded soundscape and a totally unforgettable name, Melbourne’s psychedelic pop outfit Baptism of Uzi have quickly solidified their reputation for creating a wall of sound quite like no other.
One of the most striking and instantly pleasurable elements of Baptism of Uzi’s sound is the intertwining harmonies of the two lead guitars which sit on top of the pulsing bedrock of bass, drums and swirling old school synth freak outs. But they're not just a “jam” band, they draw from a plethora influences from Black Sabbath to NEU! The beauty of tightly crafted pop hooks and melodies is never too far away from the progression of the music. Baptism of Uzi cover ambient funked-out future pop as well as feedback-heavy guitar drone explosions.
Their debut EP drew acclaim from local press and has seen them play packed-out headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney. Taking the best part of two years to complete their most recent EP, the title track ‘Stray Current’ has enjoyed considerable airplay on Triple J, receiving high praise from the station’s music director Richard Kingsmill: “[‘Stray Current’] is a wonderfully constructed and utterly compelling song.”
In the past 12 months, Baptism have had the pleasure of appearing at New Zealand’s Camp a Low Hum festival, Laneway, Boogie festival, touring nationally with iconic artist Michael Rother and opening for glam rockers The Darkness.
Having won the Triple J Unearthed competition, Baptism of Uzi are thrilled to have the opportunity to take their energy to the mainstage of the country’s biggest festival: 2013’s Splendour in the Grass.
Baptism of Uzi are Thomas Battersby (guitar/keys), Leif Bruce (drums), Lucien Richter (bass/vocals) and Bojon Stojanov (guitar/samples/vocals).
“Is it too early to call EP of the year?” allidoislisten.com
“Garnishing pristine pop smarts with a touch of breezy psychedelia” Beat Magazine
‘Unquestioningly brilliant stars holding galleons of phosphorescent mercury to the Earth; this is the epoch of Baptism of Uzi. B’Uzi have been on a ragged journey these few years, toying with the heady boundaries of brass, seeking out dingy late night venues to achieve their ‘true sound’. Bathed in beer and glass, but here at last, quintessence among quintessence, The Cassette EP. Seven songs wrapped around a reel, penetrating, ever-lasting, euphoria, quixotic. Cataclysmic verses of guitar intersect flanging Moog, swirling vibrations of drum cymbal, tonal intoxication of bass; this is Baptism complete and unflagging.’
- Full review: http://balladofbignothings.blogspot.com/