by Steven Spoerl
Before the massive 2016 catch-up overhaul resumes, it’s going to take one massive side step to introduce the world to Ubetcha. Comprised of Glueboy‘s Coby Chafets and Milk Dick‘s Brian Indig, Ubetcha is the product of two compellingly warped minds that crank out music at a genuinely alarming pace. Both Chafets and Indig have had dalliances with deeply experimental side projects to their main vehicles but Ubetcha sees the two embracing a gleeful collision course and staggering away from the crash with surprisingly sharp results.
Their first single, the punk-laced basement pop number “Always Tired” is an instant standout, full of playful eccentricities, jackknife riffing, and an abundance of energy that practically derails the entire thing. Somehow, “Always Tired” finds a way to contain that energy and play into the outsize persona that will undoubtedly come to define the band. Another defining aspect will likely be the tongue-in-cheek humor that permeates the entirety of “Always Tired”, a song ostensibly about being too exhausted to do anything enjoyable that — as noted — is fueled by a startling amount of energy.
From the gargled “Whoa, hey everybody!” that kicks “Always Tired” off, there’s not a moment of the 92-second track that goes to waste. While the duo switches responsibilities throughout their upcoming record, which is full of similarly feral tunes, Chafets handles the lead vocal, Indig does back-ups, both tackle the guitar parts, Chafets on bass, and Indig on drums. It’s one of the more complete — and effective — two-person collaborative efforts to come along in a while and will likely lead to a lot more exhilarating future material. For now, the best thing to do is just crank this up, figure out whether you’re exhausted or adrenalized, and let “Always Tired” take you wherever it damn well pleases.
Listen to “Always Tired” below and keep an eye on this site for more updates on the duo.