It’s hard enough getting a group of people together, that live in the same city, to play and write music. So I’m always blown away by bands that are able to do this yet live so far away from each other. Today’s UTI band or rather, collective, are from Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., Guangzhou, China and Amman, Jordan and they are called miserable.noise.club.. Their music is cinematic and ambient; often weaving together elements of electronic and post-rock in a most excellent way.
The collective has been pretty busy this year having released a few singles and albums since January 2019. They plan on releasing a few more singles and an EP by the end of the year and are preparing for a short tour in East Asia and the UK for the end of the year/beginning of next year.
We wanted to find out a little more about the band so we asked them to pick three albums that have influenced their music. These are their picks.
Hans Zimmer – The Thin Red Line (Original Movie Soundtrack) – (Abood’s pick)
Eerie, tense and mesmerizing. Beautiful and emotionally draining. An incredibly well structured, moody piece(s) of droney orchestral work. This has been and still is a great influence on my music and work for well over a decade. You can hear a lot of it in ‘Frost Confinement‘. It’s an essential and important listen, and in my top five greatest soundtracks of all time.
Arvo Pärt – Für Alina (Abood’s pick)
Simple, yet incredibly complex. Repetitive, but still sounds different with every listen. Each note resonates, and the silence in between is as important. This is music for thought and reflection. It definitely changed how I perceive and approach music. Whether it’s neo-classical, ambient or even heavier guitar-driven tracks, I come back to this regularly for inspiration.
Tool – Lateralus (Shaher’s pick)
Out of their entire discography, this album expanded my consciousness and the way I perceive music. Notes, song structures, chord progression and intricate music mathematics. It encouraged me to venture and experiment, channeling my inner musical dialogue. It’s definitely in my top ten greatest albums of all time. And almost fifteen years later, I still revisit it for inspiration and new discoveries.