Underworld Push 2010’s Multimedia Conquest into 2011 Electronic Superstars Release Latest Single; Music and Sound Score for Danny Boyle’s “Frankenstein”

Underworld Push 2010’s Multimedia Conquest into 2011 Electronic Superstars Release Latest Single; Music and Sound Score for Danny Boyle’s “Frankenstein”

“As close to a household name as respectable electronic artists are likely to get.”
XLR8R

“Still brilliant, still essential, still peerless.”
The Times

“Stunning”
Record Collector

“Epic”
Magazine

Underworld rolled into 2010 packing magic and zeal to spare. Flexing their creative muscle across music, television, performance, art and technology, the multimedia extravaganza founded by Rick Smith and Karl Hyde released their sixth studio album, dropped a stack of thumping singles, toured extensively, debuted on US Late Night television, and presented an art exhibit in Japan. Wrapping up an astoundingly successful year with a new single, the electronic powerhouse reunites with Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle and appears with David Lynch on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic in early 2011.

Capitalizing on the collaborative spirit that has constantly reinvigorated their sound and imagination, Underworld’s sixth studio album, “Barking” (OM Records) featured a slew of guests including Paul Van Dyk, Dubfire, Mark Knight and D. Ramirez. USA Today praised Barking’s first single “Always Loved a Film” as “a dizzying seven-minute house groove saturated in funk.” The cover artwork for Barking was created by design troupe Tomato (which Smith and Hyde co-founded with John Warwicker in the early ’90s). Their latest single “Bird 1” dropped November 23rd, featuring remixes by Pete Tong and Mark Broom.

From their earliest days, Underworld have been multimedia provocateurs, pushing the boundaries of post-modern musicianship, inspiring icons like long time collaborator Brian Eno to seek them out for the Pure Scenius project, where they played largely improvised gigs at Sydney’s Opera House and at the Brighton Festival.

Ahead of the curve, Underworld were one of the first acts of their scale to leverage social media to their advantage, directly selling their own records online in 2005 with the Riverrun Project, an Internet/fan exclusive series of mix sets. In 2005 they beamed a show live from Tokyo free to the world via www.underworldlive.com in what was a world first. In August 2009 they continued their series of incredible groundbreaking live audio-visual broadcasts becoming the first artists to broadcast live to iPhone users globally, from The Fox Oakland Theater.

This past August Karl Hyde had his first solo art exhibit in Tokyo where the album debuted at #1 on the charts. Titled “What’s Going on in your head while you’re dancing,” the exhibit showcased over 90 pieces of Hyde’s visual art. In addition, The Edinburgh Festival staged a Frantic Assembly and National Theatre of Scotland production titled “Beautiful Burnout” that won a Fringe First Award.

Proving no medium was immune, Underworld beat fellow electronic giants Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, the Prodigy, Crystal Method and even Kraftwerk to the US Late Night TV slot, appearing on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Thanks in large part to its featured role in Danny Boyle’s movie, Trainspotting, Underworld’s biggest hit “Born Slippy” wound up selling over 1 million copies. Years later, the collaboration with Boyle continues to break new ground as Smith & Hyde blur the lines between arts, providing the music and sound score to Boyle’s theatrical adaptation of Frankenstein opening at London’s National Theatre in February. Prior to that, on January 17, they appear on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, with special guest David Lynch in support of Lynch’s remix music project.

As the rest of the music industry stumbles across an ever-shifting landscape, Underworld’s decades-strong stride across genres and mediums continues unabated.
Infinite Love for Underworld:

“Underworld’s most consistent album in more than a decade.”
Washington Post

“Embraces their classic sound but adds an undeniably fresh vibe”
MTV News

“Underworld’s songwriting stays nonconformist, evading dance-music obviousness for longer melodies and more literary, elusive thoughts.”
NY Times

“Barking inhabits an odd place: half-dolorous electro-pop, half-affirming sunnyside jams.”
Pitchfork

“Earnest emotions surprisingly suit these dance-floor surrealists”
SPIN

“The combination of über-flâneur Karl Hyde’s Whitmanesque lyricism and Rick Smith’s virtuoso beat-mastering makes it pretty much impossible to walk in to an Underworld set without a big dopey grin seizing your face for a good couple of hours.”
URB

“Burning even brighter in a kind of blazing twilight that just might be the sun coming up after an all-nighter”
Paper Magazine

“Barking is the sound of veterans re-energised”
Uncut

“Skipping beats and cavernous bass”
MOJO

“Up with their hypnotically melodic best”
The Sun

“Ranks with their very best material to date”
Clash

“A blistering return”
Mixmag

“Still unmistakably Underworld”
The Observer

“Dizzyingly Divine”
Time Out

“Thumping Party Starters”
PITCHFORK

Underworld: New single ‘Bird 1’ announced for November 23rd Remixers include Lone, sbtrkt, Mark Broom and Pete Tong Sixth studio album ‘Barking’ out now Upcoming November UK dates

After a successful round of US dates, Underworld return to the UK while we prepare for the release of their new single ‘Bird 1’ announced for November 23rd
Remixers include Lone, sbtrkt, Mark Broom and Pete Tong
Sixth studio album ‘Barking’ out now

“One of the most influential electronic groups EVER” – Jimmy Fallon

“Underworld’s most consistent album in more than a decade.” – Washington Post

“Embraces their classic sound but adds an undeniably fresh vibe” – MTV News

“Underworld’s songwriting stays nonconformist, evading dance-music obviousness for longer melodies and more literary, elusive thoughts.” – NY Times

“Barking inhabits an odd place: half-dolorous electro-pop, half-affirming sunnyside jams.” – Pitchfork

“Memorable tunes that hark back to their electronica heyday, as well as more personal, coherent lyrics. Earnest emotions surprisingly suit these dance-floor surrealists”. – SPIN

“The combination of über-flâneur Karl Hyde’s Whitmanesque lyricism and Rick Smith’s virtuoso beat-mastering makes it pretty much impossible to walk in to an Underworld set without a big dopey grin seizing your face for a good couple of hours.” URB

where Underworld was once a dark foil to what was generally a culture of peace, love and hedonism, in these grim times, “Barking” is a relatively upper’s affair, and something of a techno’s-greatest-bits. – Filter

“Bring the technoise on this dizzying seven-minute house groove saturated in funk.” – USA Today

“a fiercely forward thinking band now in its 30th year burning even brighter in a kind of blazing twilight that just might be the sun coming up after an all-nighter”. – Paper Magazine

“unabashedly happy and optimistic, categorically different from earlier work in both veneer and substance.” – Rhythmism

“Easlily the most rewarding Underworld record in years” – Self-Titled

“Karl Hyde’s and Rick Smith’s pioneering outfit is as close to a household name as respectable electronic artists are likely to get.” – XLr8R

“Barking” is their most colossal and concise album to date.” – Cause=Time

“Still brilliant, still essential, still peerless” – The Times *****

“The crowd go as bananas for the new stuff as the old” – The Guardian ****

“Barking is the sound of veterans re-energised” – Uncut ****

“Skipping beats and cavernous bass” – MOJO ****

“Epic” – Q ***

“Fizzes with electronic emotion” – Attitude ***

“Truly captivating” – Word

“Up with their hypnotically melodic best” – The Sun ****

“Ranks with their very best material to date” – Clash 8/10

“As good as anything they’ve recorded” – Artrocker ***

“Stunning” – Record Collector ****

“Lustrous” – The Daily Mirror ****

“Ebullient” – Metro

“Reach for the stars charge” – Financial Times

“Vital” – The Independent

“A blistering return” – Mixmag “Album of the Month” ****

“Dog-gone brilliant” – News of the World ****

“Collaborators have injected fresh energy but they’re still unmistakably Underworld” – The Observer

“Dizzyingly Divine” – Time Out
With their sixth studio album ‘Barking’ – out now to widespread critical acclaim – Underworld have once again performed a feat of creative regeneration; the duo have announced their next single ‘Bird 1’ will be released digitally on November 23rd. The shuddering machine pulses of ‘Bird 1’ – the album’s opener – has been reworked by several DJs and producers:

1. Bird 1 (album version), 2. Bird 1 (Mark Broom remix), 3. Bird 1 (Lone remix), 4. Bird 1 (Pete Tong remix), 5. Bird 1 (Clouds remix), 6. Bird 1 (sbtrkt remix), 7. Bird 1 (radio edit)

‘Barking’ is Underworld’s first album in three years, and their first to be constructed with a brilliant cast of co-conspirators. All the tracks were written by the band in their Essex studio before being given to handpicked studio heads from across the whole spectrum of dance music to add some of their style and creativity to the band’s raw material. The result is a pimped-up Underworld record and their finest collection of songs in over a decade.

Stunning fans with 2 hour sets in NY, LA, San Diego, DC and SF and a much talked about performance on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, all we can say, is hurry up back Underworld!

Underworld in New York City | Beautiful Burnout ArtJam | The Art of Underworld

Underworld in New York City | Beautiful Burnout ArtJam | The Art of Underworld

Open to the public, “Beautiful Burnout” is an astonishing track from Underworld’s 2007 album Oblivion with Bells. It is also the title of the multi-media exhibition on view at Jacobson Howard Gallery during the All Points West Music and Arts Festival running from August 1 to 15.

Beautiful Burnout, 2008, handmade silkscreen on rag paper, 37 x 29 inches, limited edition of 100
Contact gallery for sales information

The New York Art Jam will produce an intoxicating confluence of graceful macro-photography, compelling videos and film, lush and mesmerizing sound, layered collages of street snapshots and a poetic diary of painting, images and text. Underworld will be playing live at the All Points West Music and Arts Festival on August 8.

Underworld and Tomato, the visual Beautiful Burnout, 2008, handmade silkscreen on art collaborative, is a UK-born genre-defying force consisting of, among others, Karl Hyde, Rick Smith, Simon Taylor (tomato) and John Warwicker (tomato). Their Oblivion Ball ArtJam in Tokyo last November (the all night, multi-band jam that, with the help of 20 assistants and in the spirit of “happening” godfather Allan Kaprow, saw the design and painting of a 42.5 meter long and 7 meter high wall in just sixteen hours). The exhibition at Jacobson Howard will be the same ongoing process in multi-media form.

“We’ve always been asked “where is the edge of Underworld and where is the edge of Tomato?” as if it needs to be conventionally ‘boxed'”. For us, it’s just our daily process of making things in whatever medium is at hand. Beautiful Burnout is the dynamic expression of this process”. (John Warwicker, Underworld Creative Director & Tomato Co-Founder)

Art Of Peace Foundation: As a show of solidarity with the Dalai Lama and Tibet, 20 artists have come together to release a historic double album on the eve of the Beijing Olympics. These recordings – some original for the project and some acoustically driven recordings of previously released songs – express our common vulnerabilities and experiences in pursuing happiness, peace and freedom. Collectively, these tracks represent a heartfelt message of support for the path of compassion and non-violence championed by the Dalai Lama. Begun in May of 2008 and completed in two months, the outpouring of support from all corners of the world was unparalleled. Funds raised from the album by the Foundation will go to support peace initiatives and Tibetan cultural preservation projects important to the Dalai Lama
Underworld are proud to be part of this recording, and have invited the Art of Peace Foundation to launch this campaign on August 7th at the Beautiful Burnout ArtJam.

The All Points West Music & Arts Festival at Liberty State Park runs from August 8-10 with Underworld performing Friday August 8, and also at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore on the 9th.

Gallery hours: 10-6, closed Sunday.

Beautiful Burnout Art Jam – The Art of Underworld

Beautiful Burnout ArtJam – The Art of Underworld

“Beautiful Burnout” is an astonishing track from Underworld’s 2007 album Oblivion with Bells. It is also the title of the multi-media exhibition on view at Jacobson Howard Gallery during the All Points West Music and Arts Festival running from August 1 to 15.

The New York Art Jam will produce an intoxicating confluence of graceful macro-photography, compelling videos and film, lush and mesmerizing sound, layered collages of street snapshots and a poetic diary of painting, images and text. Underworld will be playing live at the All Points West Music and Arts Festival on August 8.

Underworld and Tomato, the visual Beautiful Burnout, 2008, handmade silkscreen on art collaborative, is a UK-born genre-defying force consisting of, among others, Karl Hyde, Rick Smith, Simon Taylor (tomato) and John Warwicker (tomato). Their Oblivion Ball ArtJam in Tokyo last November (the all night, multi-band jam that, with the help of 20 assistants and in the spirit of “happening” godfather Allan Kaprow, saw the design and painting of a 42.5 meter long and 7 meter high wall in just sixteen hours). The exhibition at Jacobson Howard will be the same ongoing process in multi-media form.

“We’ve always been asked “where is the edge of Underworld and where is the edge of Tomato?” as if it needs to be conventionally ‘boxed'”. For us, it’s just our daily process of making things in whatever medium is at hand. Beautiful Burnout is the dynamic expression of this process”. (John Warwicker, Underworld Creative Director & Tomato Co-Founder)

The All Points West Music & Arts Festival at Liberty State Park runs from August 8-10 with Underworld performing Friday August 8, and also at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore on the 9th.

Gallery hours: 10-6, closed Sunday.

Underworld – Oblivion

Oblivion WITH BELLS,
Underworld’S FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS,
DUE OUT OCTOBER 16th

Album Is The First Release From Side One Recordings

Underworld Launches World Tour September 7th in San Francisco

Underworld LIVE – 2007
Septmeber – 7 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
September – 8 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
September – 9 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
September – 11 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September – 14 New York, NY Central Park Summer Stage
September – 15 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion

On October 16th, Side One Recordings will release Underworld’s Oblivion with Bells, the duo’s first
studio album since 2002’s A Hundred Days Off.

True to form, Underworld tread their own path through modern electronic music – nodding to current
trends but exhibiting an élan unmistakably their own. On Oblivion with Bells, the Underworld palette is
richer than ever: epic techno nestles next to frail acoustics, beatific prose next to sharp, urban
observation, amazing sound texturing mix with mobile phone recordings.

“It takes just a few seconds of gauzy synths for the kick drum to enter, followed by a minimal
bass groove,” said Pitchfork of “Crocodile,” the album’s first single. “…the track spreads out like an
evening on 90s-style intoxicants.” For the accompanying video, Underworld once again tapped
Simon Taylor. (Like Underworld’s Rick Smith and Karl Hyde, Taylor is a founding member
of the creative studio collective Tomato.)

Underworld will launch an extensive world tour on September 7th in San Francisco, CA,
marking their first U.S. show since 2003. Live, the pair blend aural and visual elements into
an unforgettable experience that more resembles a journey than a concert. “Billowing chords,
brooding melodies, thumping beats and vocals that crooned in one song and jabbed in another were
all juxtaposed in Underworld’s two-and-a-half hour set,” said The New York Times.
“Mr. Hyde worked up the fans like a gospel singer.”

It’s been five years between studio albums, but Smith and Hyde haven’t exactly been idle. They
have collaborated on a slew of projects including Underworld’s 1992-2002 anthology album,
two major film scores (Anthony Mingellas’ Breaking and Entering and Danny Boyles’ 2007 Sunshine),
a self-published typographic journal (In The Belly of Saint Paul), a series of pioneering digital-only
releases, internet-radio broadcasts and a groundbreaking live web-tv broadcast and gig in partnership
with Appleand Frankfurt’s techno giants Cocoon. All the while crafting the songs for Oblivion with Bells
and gigging relentlessly around the world.

While Oblivion with Bells is Underworld’s fifth studio release, it is the debut album from the new Side
One Recordings imprint. Distributed through RED, Side One Recordings is an offshoot of Red Light
Management in conjunction with ATO Records.

“This is a landmark work from one of the seminal acts of the past decade, and we are thrilled that it will
be the first release to carry the Side One Recordings imprint,” said Red Light Management/Side One
Recordings’ Phil Costello.

The track listing for Oblivion with Bells is as follows:
1. Crocodile
2. Beautiful Burnout
3. Holding the Moth
4. To Heal
5. Ring Road
6. Glam Bucket
7. Boy, Boy, Boy
8. Cuddle Bunny vs. Celtic Villages
9. Faxed Invitation
10. Good Morning Cockerel
11. Best Mamgu Ever