UV-TV are one of my favorite bands going, with their melodic jangle-punk/shoegaze-sound. It’s hooky and fuzzed out and often times played at break-neck tempos. What’s not to like? I’ve written about them a few times, and I asked them to contribute to a comp I put together called Our Voltage originally, but they were in the middle of relocating from their hometown of Gainesville to New York City, and they were recording their new album, Happy (Deranged Records). Welp, they didn’t forget about me, and they contributed a tune called “Severed Hand Revisited” for the follow-up comp, My Head Is Like A Radio Set (Girlsville).
“Severed Hand” was a tune that initially appeared in a much slower version on their debut LP, Glass (Deranged Records). To these ears, it sat somewhere between some plodding Safari-era Breeders, and “Horror Head” era Curve. Perhaps some “My Aquarium”-era Drop Nineteens or other first-wave American shoegaze influenced stuff as well. Whether those were the actual reference points or not, I appreciated where it seemed to be coming from. It was like a band that’d fit in well on the NME or Melody Maker indie charts from the early 90’s.
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The version of the song they contributed to the comp is called “Severed Hand Revisited”, and it’s is a sped up version of “Severed Hand” that is more akin to how they play it live. It maintains many of the aforementioned reference points, but is more energetic and shimmery, and dials up the pop sheen. I like both versions of the song, and am super hyped about them being on the comp, which will be out later this Fall and is up for pre-order now.
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