Urochromes - Trope House


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Released 31st May 2019
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Since their formation as a guitar & drum machine duo in a Hadley Massachusetts farmhouse in 2015, Urochromes have releases 3 7” EPs and a compilation. They have toured the United States, Canada and Europe each time with different instrumentation and lineup in addition to the core members of Jackie Jackieboy and Dick Riddick. At times, the live band has included members of GLOSS, Half-Hearted Hero and Digital Manure. They have played with a diverse list of artists like Chrome, Little Howling Wolf, and Show Me The Body. In 2017 Pitchfork commented in a review of their Night Bully EP that their “unpredictability lends them a rare star quality.” In 2019 the band will release their debut long player, Trope House and tour North America and Europe. 

On their first long player, Urochromes complement their catchy-as-fuck punk bangers with colorful experimental rock that choogles forth like the waters of the Mississippi River Delta where it was recorded. There are classic Urochromes chargers like first single “Hair So Big” and the catchy kiss-off “Millieux” that pair Dick Riddick’s concise and explosive playing with some of Jackieboy’s best sketches of uptight, paranoid characters on the edge. 

“Rumshpringa” plays it straight with a beautiful slow-burning riff and soul-searching lyrics (”When do I get my Rumshringa?... / I want to lean back in time like that Tower of Pisa”); it’s a new Urochromes classic where Riddick’s licks spark and lilt through the bridge toward the closing verse’s poignant refrain. The more experimental tracks, like the unhinged cover of Bikini Kill’s “Resist Psychic Death,” must be heard to be believed and show a band that gives not the slightest fuck about acceptance within the circles of boring cookie-cutter punk.

Combining the raw sound of Gary Wrong’s Jeth-Row Studios, where the album was tracked with the talents of longstanding Urochromes engineer Will Killingsworth (Dead Air Studios), Trope House delivers the most hi-fidelity Urochromes recording to date without sacrificing any spontaneity or power. Featuring artwork by John D Morton (Electric Eels). Mastered by Carl Saff. First Edition of 1000 vinyl records.

Hair So Big
Trapped On A Planet
Psychic Death
Answer Me Not
Negative Thing
Spy in the House of Love
Star of David

Artist Urochromes
Title Trope House
Label WCR
Format LP
Release Date 31st May 2019
Cat Number WCR068LP