Montreal’s Ursula just released this new four-track EP on Bandcamp. The group only has one other demo online from summer so we can assume they’re on the newer side, but they’re killing it regardless. I can’t even remember how I stumbled upon them because their Bandcamp page is literally the only thing I can find.
If you like the rough stylings of punk, the raw power of sass, and female vocals that are both unpredictable and reliable to turn your stomach in the best way possible, then I’d say go ahead and try this band on for size.
These new tracks are definitely different than the previous demo. Ursula has fine tuned some pieces and although their sassy DIY demo was one of the best albums I heard last year, their new one is still awesome. We lose a bit of the ‘rough around the edges’ aesthetic that’s dear to my heart but we gain a fuller sound and it doesn’t feel like anything is missing. Hilary’s vocals are still very in your face as they should be, while the music itself is a bit faster, a bit more punk.
With tags on their Bandcamp page like “dontlookatme” and “crying,” it’s hard to know exactly what you’re going to hear upon clicking the first track, but it’s impossible not to dive in head first out of curiosity. I’ve always wondered what dontlookatme sounds like and now I know. Needless to say, I can’t wait till Ursula throws more attitude all over the internet.
- Kaitlyn Emslie Farrel
Published in Volume 70, Number 19 of The Uniter (February 11, 2016)