Urban Love Ulcer: In the city's dark bowels there was a strange throbbing, a motion, a movement; a sensation of fear, anguish, nausea and violence which was growing, rising ...
1993's debut single 'Das Ghoul/Bollaxe' was originally released to mixed reviews. It's perpetually disturbing grumbles and stark imagery of a dark urban landscape, offset by a strange backward rhythm loop and erratic keyboard violence confused many people.
In 1994, Urban Love Ulcer released debut album 'The Piles Tape' to general public distain. 'The Piles Tape' was a musical excursion through many different musical styles: Reggae, bee-bop, calypso, disco, country and rock music were included in the collection. But it seemed as if Urban Love Ulcer were moving in a wildly different direction from general taste. Fans of the more extreme margins of the experimental electronica spectrum were more than satisfied with the results though.
Following 'The Piles Tape' backlash from the media, critics, friends and family, well-publicised management troubles and a hate campaign by the national press; Urban Love Ulcer retreated back underground, into the dark, dank, pungent hollows from where it once spawned. There it remained for many years, only occasionally communicating with the media and fans via the internet.
2007 rumoured Urban Love Ulcer working intermittently on recording the highly anticipated album: Ghoulag Attack, which was eventually released in 2011 to a reception that could be described as whimsical at best, considering how long it took to finish.
Despite the continued conspiracy of music tastes; 2012 saw new recordings appear for a new self-titled album, 'Urban Love Ulcer', which was finally released to a rapturous reception in spring 2013. New levels of production were explored throughout the sessions and the multi-layered, genre-splitting sounds were popular across the globe. Tracks like 'Ringing In Your Ears', 'Cryptogenic', 'Phoenix Tears' and the epic 'Mahatmahabharat' challenged listeners to a new level of experimentation, as yet untested in a domestic environment, while the slick production on non-hits like 'Death Rising', 'Gout', 'Peptic' and 'Suppurating Rupture', saw Urban Love Ulcer finally crowned as grand champions at the International Experimental Electronica Symposium 2013.
‘Urban Love Ulcer. Like a massive bollus of electro-jazz fusion, ... free from the harness of popularity, commercial success or general acceptance - throbbing, shaking, palpitating.’