I crept into The Wood Room at Real World Studios in December 2010 to document Urusen at work. They were working with renown producer Steve Osborne (Elbow, PJ Harvey, KT Tunstall and famously the Happy Mondays), ultimately creating ‘From Winter’ for release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound and ‘This Is Where We Meet’ - a beautiful release on their own label.
It was fascinating to see Steve Osborne and the band at work in a room transformed into a series of little den like spaces. Some great moments such as Jay Darwish realising the bass Steve had handed him was used in the recording of The Happy Monday’s ‘Pils n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’. A little Rock n’ Roll history, a group of lovely people and some finely crafted music made it a real pleasure.
Urusen’s release on the Society of Sound marks the culmination of a journey that began with cousins Peter Beatty and Ben Please (pictured) recording songs at their old secondary school in Somerset. Completing the line up in 2008 with cellist Nick Stryder bassist Jay Darwish(pictured with the Pils ‘n’ Thrills bass) and drummer Kieran Houston, their unique brand of intrinsically English indie folk, combined with their love of contemporary Americana, has seen them emerge as one of the most exciting new bands in the UK, labelled as ‘British breakthrough talent’ by British Music Week.
Urusen made a film documenting the session that gives a good insight into their time in the studio.
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