Under are a trio from Stockport, Greater Manchester. Formed in 2016. Though rooted in the blueprints of sludge and doom metal, their sound is harder to pin down with elements of prog, noise and avant garde creeping in. Under play with jagged, slow, off kilter riffs that tease the listener into a false sense of security with dark and abstract lyricism evoking a trippy and sinister unease. The trio cite the likes of Swans, Mr. Bungle, Melvins and Radiohead as prime influences.
After the success of their debut EP First Attempt (2015), Under built up a solid reputation playing frequent live shows in and out of Manchester. In 2016 they embarked on a successful UK mini-tour with Kurokuma.
in 2017 Under signed to APF Records and released Slick, their highly anticipated debut full length album, completely self-produced and recorded by the band themselves. The trio successfully built on everything they had been working towards, carefully fine-tuning every detail on the record. Slick was an eclectic listen – chock full of crushing riffs, odd time signatures, and a mixture of aggressive screaming vocals and more relaxed tripped out clean sections. All three band members provided vocals, often harmonizing together to create epic melodic textures.
In support of the Slick Under played live shows throughout 2017 and early 2018: both as headliner and as support to Whores, King Parrott, Church of the Cosmic Skull, Slabdragger, Elephant Tree, The Hyena Kill, Hundred Year Old Man, Gurt, Part Chimp, Primitive Man and Slomatics. They also played the Dreadfest, Cvltfest and Gizzardfest Fesivals and the APF Records Showcase in Manchester.
In 2018 the band follow up Slick with their second full-length album, Stop Being Naïve. Matt Franklin (vocals, bass) says of the record….. “Stop Being Naïve takes several steps forwards from the last album and in several directions. It’s heavier and nastier while still retaining a strong melodic sensibility, the compositions are weirder and more complex while also showing more straight-forward heavy influences. The lyrics sneer gleefully at the descent of everything into hell, taking shots at one damning quality after another with tongue planted firmly in cheek. This is a bleak and punishing record with an absurdist streak several miles wide. If you’re not sure how to take it, the instructions are in the title…”
Stop Being Naïve will be released on October 26th and is available for pre-order through here. Watch the video for ‘Traitor’s Gate’ here: