Premiere: UBIK – ‘THE FLY’

Melbourne’s UBIK is releasing a new 7″ EP through Aarght Records. ‘The Fly’ is a slice of sci-fi inspired punk that imbues the horrifying prospect of technology placed in the wrong hands.

The year is starting in tremendous fashion – things are getting loud early on and if there’s one way to blow the remnants of 2017 out of your brains it’s with something potent. Shot number one from the double-barrel starting gun is a fucking ripper from Melbourne’s UBIK. Described loosely as a brat-beat punk outfit featuring Tessa Tribe and Nellie Pearson of Masses, Ash Wyatt of Red Red Krovvy, and Max Kohane of Agents of Abhorrence, UBIK has been operating for a little while, hurling a demo EP into the world back at the tail-end of 2016. The group’s put together a new 7” release for Aarght Records – due out on Saturday January 20 – and hell, it’s the truth.

The new EP packs four tracks of charged audio into its runtime – soundscaping turmoil, paranoia and anger across a tightly wound collection of tunes. Every song is incredible, but for the purposes of this here ‘appraisal’ let’s focus in on one in particular – ‘The Fly’.

Dystopian sci-fi punk is a classification that really activates my almonds and with a name like UBIK, skewed sci-f is definitely within this band’s wheelhouse. In my opinion there’s always room for more in this sub-genre, so ‘The Fly’ gets top marks on conceptual basis alone. Drawing more than a few drops of inspiration from the mad scientist sci-fi horror film of the same name, ‘The Fly’ evokes a palpable level of Cronenberg-esque fear into its near two-and-a-half minute lifespan. A rippling guitar whine whirs throughout, whipping up a frenzy that manages to surmount the percussive pummelling. Sonically ‘The Fly’ is as fierce as they come, but what really sticks is the story.

Lyrically, ‘The Fly’ places us in the mindset of another breed of mad scientist, one of uncertain moral integrity that has been working on “something that will change the world as we know it.” Much like Goldblum’s Seth Brundle, this scientist has cracked the mysteries behind teleportation and molecular reformation, but in this instance the intentions behind this technological leap are murky. Lyrical fragments paint a picture of isolation, a world where this figure’s achievements are largely ignored. Out of anger or a desire to prove one’s self, the scientist forges on ahead, claiming that there is no limit to our imagination and that the next logical step is to break everything down and recreate it. Reform it all in whose image? It’s unclear. All I know is that the song expends itself after repeatedly hurling a warning – be afraid, be very afraid.

‘The Fly’ paints a foreboding picture of the scientific marvels of the future, but the immediate future is brighter. UBIK will be launching the release with a show on Saturday January 20 (at a secret location) with supports from Spotting, Pest and Brisbane’s newest export Lexicon.

If you still need a fix for more, you might want to scope out part two of our premiere double-header – the newbie from Rabid Dogs.

Banner image: David Forcier