ULTRAS is a moniker for the music of multi-instrumentalist Gav Prentice recording with a variety of Scottish producers.
ULTRAS is the debut album by ULTRAS, released on limited edition (300 only) vinyl and digital download through Hello Thor Records and Instinctive Racoon on 28 April 2017.
ULTRAS is refreshing, powerful and infused in everything from hip-hop production to pop, rock, electronica and the Scottish folk tradition, creating music that is largely about violence.
Formerly one half of cult euphoric pop duo Over the Wall, Gav Prentice has been taking his time with ULTRAS. This Is Where I Fall – a blistering, bloody-nosed battle cry of a song, all heart-on-sleeve fury, distorted guitar and chunky beats - first appeared at the end of 2014 and since then Prentice has been sharpening his tools, creating what he describes as "violent pop for the patronised".
The album ULTRAS was recorded by six producers over several months, an approach inspired by Gav’s love of hip-hop mixtapes. He explains: “I would take the finished songs to each producer and collaborate for two days at a time making beats, moving parts around, arranging and renewing the songs as much as recording them.”
New single Team Handed (released 10 March 2017) reunites Gav with former Over The Wall partner Ben Hillman, who takes production duties as well as providing a beautiful piano part, creating a warm, emotional, mournful lament.
ULTRAS has already gained support from a number of notable music industry figures with coverage coming from Simon Raymonde and Jim Gellatly on Amazing Radio, Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 show, Vic Galloway on BBC Radio Scotland, as well as GoldFlakePaint, Song by Toad and Podcart. ULTRAS will be touring in May/June 2017, following on from their successful appearances at The Great Escape and Wickerman festivals as well as supporting the likes of We Were Promised Jetpacks and Admiral Fallow.
The ULTRAS live band is completed by Roy Mohan Shearer (drums, keyboard) and Matthew Clark (guitar, bass), augmenting the traditional power trio line-up with live electronics.
Responses to ULTRAS singles:
“An omni-powerful band ready to launch a full-blown assault on listeners throughout the country.” Amazing Radio
“Measured, indignant but ultimately invigorating…A band that are crafting a rung on the ladder all of their own” GoldFlakePaint
“Billy Brag adopting a Patrick Wolf-style take on independent pop music by injecting some rather-telling lyricism whilst being backed up by Manchester Orchestra in all their emotive, air punching glory.” Killing Moon
“Weegie angstpop's answer to Renton's Trainspotting rant.” The Herald
30 April 2017 - The Angel, Nottingham
5 May 2017 - The Hug & Pint, Glasgow
13 May 2017 - The Bungalow, Paisley