I'm very sad to announce that Ultimate Painting are no longer a band. Anyone who has worked with us knows that the partnership at the core of this band has always been a very fragile thing, but due to an irreconcilable breakdown we will no longer be working with each other. Obviously if there's no band, then it's understandably not really in Bella Union's interests to put out the previously announced album, therefore I’ve asked them not to release 'Up!’ at this point in time, which they have agreed to. Thanks to everyone who bought our records and supported us. You know who you are. - Jack Cooper
James and Jack are currently taking their time to record a fourth record after three albums in three years. Over January and February, Jack recorded his first solo album at home in Stoke Newington, playing most of the instruments himself.
'Sandgrown' is nine concisely beautiful songs inspired by his hometown of Blackpool and his upbringing on England’s Fylde Coast.
Evoking the delicate but often widescreen musicality of Bill Fay and the abstract lyricism of the late 60s Scott Walker records, as well as the more experimental sounds of John Cale and Robert Wyatt, Sandgrown's tranquil ballads evoke feelings of nostalgia and re-evaluation about where you come from, wherever that may be. Listen to lead single 'North of Anywhere' below...
Sunday 10th September - The Hope and Ruin, Brighton
Monday 11th September - BBC 6 Music Session
Tuesday 12th September - The Waiting Room, London
Wednesday 13th September - Cafe Kino, Bristol
Thursday 14th September - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Friday 15th September - The Eagle Inn, Salford
Saturday 16th September - venue TBC, Blackpool
Sunday 17th September - The Old Hairdresser's, Glasgow
We're concentrating on recording our fourth album this year, but Yo La Tengo asked us to play Central Park with them in July. It took a lot of persuading, but we're in. Check back for more US show confirmations soon
We're playing End Of The Road again! More festivals coming soon
Our US tour starts on 26th November in Nashville and ends on 7th December at our biggest American show to date at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. This is the 6th time we've been to the USA as Ultimate Painting and we couldn't be more excited to reconnect with the open minded, beautiful friends and fans who come out to Ultimate Painting shows. Tickets are still available for all these shows. See you there!
We have a lot of shows coming up - all the information is in the SHOWS section. Tickets are selling quickly so make sure you get yours early to avoid the inevitable misery
The second single from our new record Dusk is now streaming via - It's called Song For Brian Jones. The video was made by our new pal James Sharp. We've also announced new US shows including our biggest ever show at Bowery Ballroom in New York. EZTV will be joining us for those!
Our third LP is out on September 30th via Trouble In Mind Records. 'Dusk' was recorded at the start of this year in James' home studio in North London. With our friend Melissa Rigby on drums, we think we've made our best record. We're really pleased and excited for you all to hear it. The first song 'Bills' is streaming now on Aquarium Drunkard
We have a whole host of shows and festivals this summer... We're really excited to be heading back to the US for the fifth time and to be spending a couple of weekends in Europe. Something's burning, so keep your ears out over the next few weeks... Don't feel left out if you're town isn't on this list. We'll be back
Thanks to everyone that came out to our recent shows in the USA. Really excited to be coming back to the West Coast this summer and then we're looking at shows in the autumn/fall to coincide with a new album. We just finished recording before leaving for the US, so keep your eyes peeled for more information about that in the next few weeks. Full list of UK/EU/US dates are HERE
Last autumn, Third Man Records asked us to play their Nashville venue and record the set for a live LP. The album is out on May 27th via Third Man. Recorded completely live and directly to tape by their in-house engineer MIndy Watts. It sounds great. Officially out on May 27th but it seems there are already copies floating about. You can listen to a track HERE
To celebrate our recent tour with Woods; Trouble In Mind and Woodsist pressed up 1000 copies of a split 7" featuring two exclusive songs... one by each band. Our contribution 'Into The Darkness' was recorded at the same time as 'Green Lanes' but was left off the record as it seemed to mess with the flow of the LP. Available for a very short time HERE
Playing a whole host of festivals this summer. Trying to spread ourselves a bit between the UK/EU/US - Come and say hey!
4/30 Austin - Levitation Festival
5/21 Madrid - Tomavistas Festival
7/26 Big Sur - Woodsist Festival
7/30 Denver - USMF
8/04-07 Oregon - Pickathon
8/26 Totnes - Sea Change Festival
8/27 Amsterdam - Woods Festival
8/28 Venlo NL - Zomerparkfest
9/23-24 Liverpool Festival Of Psychedelia
We're playing Liverpool Festival Of Psychedelia in September. A really great festival in a really great town. We'll have some other festivals in Europe but we're mainly concentrating on the US this summer.
NEW DUTCH SHOWS // We're starting the Spring with some shows in the Netherlands. We'll be taking in Amsterdam again; the first time since we played there early last year with White Fence. This time around it's for London Calling and then two shows at Ekko in Utrecht and Vera in Groningen. Follow the links for tickets.
NEW US DATES & LEVITATION FESTIVAL - We're heading back to the US in April for Levitation Festival (formerly Austin Psychfest) and we'll be doing two weeks of shows with WOODS as well. We're currently booking west coast shows for the summer, so hold tight. You can buy tickets for all of the shows HERE
NEW LONDON SHOW // We're really looking forward to playing our biggest London show to date at The Dome in Tufnell Park on Thursday 25th February. Tickets are selling fast and we've just added Comet Gain and Wesley Gonzalez to the bill. Don't sleep on this! Tickets available from Bird On The Wire - HERE