Ulsers are go!
Read below for the skinny on the Remember Them 7" reissue, as well as the Forget Them LP of archival, never-before-released material. They look and sound great - we couldn't be happier with how they've turned out. Both records are pressings of 500, but we'll have 100 coloured vinyl copies of each available only through our Big Cartel site. We trust that Australian customers and internationals who are keen on the limited versions will have already clicked the shit outta that link. For non-Aussies who don't care about coloured vinyl, the black vinyl versions will be carried by Easter Bilby and Florida's Dying in the US, La Vida Es Un Mus in the UK/Europe, and NAT in Japan.
To reacquaint yourself with the mystery and majesty of the Ulsers, revisit our interview with Terry Wilson from August 2012.
Ulsers - Remember Them 7" (WBRS-2601)
500 copies. 100 on white vinyl, available only from Wallaby Beat.
Four songs of hilariously obnoxious avant-punk from the living rooms of suburban Adelaide. Originally released in a tiny pressing in 1980, Remember Them was (barely) circulated to friends and acquaintances, finding fleeting local infamy as "the worst record ever made" before disappearing from the collective consciousness for 30+ years.
Remember Them is now rightly regarded as a high-water mark of manic Australian DIY, taking punk rock as inspiration and bludgeoning it with the only instruments at the Ulsers' disposal - guitar, saxophone, harmonica, and cardboard boxes in place of drums. Paired with a slew of shouted profanity and stream-of-consciousness ranting, the result is unlike anything else before or since.
This legitimate reissue - reproducing the original and very rare cover, along with photos and a detailed band history - makes Remember Them available beyond the Ulsers' tight inner circle for the very first time.
3. Julius Sumner Miller
4. I'm An Italian
Ulsers - Forget Them LP (WBRX-2602)
500 copies. 100 on purple vinyl, available only from Wallaby Beat.
A full LP of previously unreleased recordings from the mighty Ulsers!
The Ulsers didn't manage an album during their loose existence from 1978-1983, but luckily for us, wherever they went a cassette recorder was never far away. Salvaged from the bottom of dusty drawers and long-forgotten boxes in the garage, those tapes survived just long enough for the Ulsers to personally cull their 10 favourite tunes.
Recorded in various Adelaide living rooms in 1981 and 1982, Forget Them captures the Ulsers in full-band mode, i.e. electric guitar, bass and drums. Don't let the conventional instrumentation fool you, though; there is nothing conventional about the sound which ranges from a sped up, punked-out take on their ode to Julius Sumner Miller to the 10-minute endurance test of Nerve Gas (think Flipper with chromosome damage tackling LA Blues). Forget Them's songs are more developed, the vocals more manic and the sax blurts even more spastic than on the Remember Them EP. The band states definitively that it's "better", and we won't disagree.
Comes with full-colour inner sleeve packed with more Ulsers photos than you ever thought possible.
1. Alternative City
2. Circumstances Were Conspiring Against Me
3. I'm Not Going To Brighton
5. Take Off Outta Here
6. In Your Eyes
7. I'm Not Going To Stay With You
8. Somebody Loves You
10. Nerve Gas
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