Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Faithless
Dan Bowles - Vocals, Guitar, Synth Nick Fielding - Vocals, Keyboards Ash Sinclair - Bass Asher Wright - Drums, Vocals
New Order, gomez, Pink Floyd
Ura formed in July 2004 when singer/guitarist Dan Bowles presented a collection of demos to friend and drummer Bram Wright. One of these “demos”, the mellow electro track Thirty Two, had already been included on a compilation CD alongside artists such as Kinobe and Goldfrapp. Bram, in turn, recruited keyboardist Nick Fielding (a classical pianist – who had found local recognition playing Rhodes piano in the Perth funk act Crazy Phil’s Finely Tuned Funk Machine), Ash Sinclair joined on bass, and the quartet began building a credible live reputation in its home town of Perth. After only a few months, the live mini-LP The Seren Sessions was released as a limited pressing and sold out almost immediately; testament to the quality set the band has become renowned for performing. In late 2005, the single Small Tokens was released to some critical acclaim, giving Time Off magazine cause to state : "Utilising gentle synthesisers over a smooth vocal from singer/songwriter Dan Bowles and nice instrumentation from the four-piece outfit, 'Small Tokens' is an easy listen with plenty of commercial potential." The track received airplay on national broadcaster JJJ, Sydney station 2RRR as well as 96FM and RTRFM among others. 2006 has seen Ura’s audience expand and its live reputation grow with Xpress Magazine’s Mike Wafer labelling the band as “slick” and “professional. If you like your rock a little more ‘stadium’, Ura will give you a chubby for sure”. Ura has now released the EP Box, which promises to firmly embed the band on the Australian music map. With help from recording legend JJ Allom (Massive Attack, David Bowie) and self-produced, this diverse 6 song release showcases the band’s considerable all-round musical talents and the title track should prove to be an instant radio favourite.
24 Oct 2006
This is about as...
This is about as cool, hip and laidback as Nick Cave, but with positive lyrics. Love the instrument being played towards the end - what an effect! (I have no idea what it is, but it sounds great.)