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Urusen Double A-Side single release ~ PRESS RESOURCE PAGE

'A Once Was Tramp and Tree' and 'The Islander'


Hi there, welcome to Urusen's website and a private page* devoted to the band's first release from their forthcoming album: a double A-side single release of their songs 'A Once Was Tramp and Tree' and 'The Islander' on limited edition 7"vinyl and as a free download. (*Please note, this is a private page for press use only so please don't host this link anywhere public (thanks!). All our public links are listed below, including the public download link, a pre order page for the limited edition 7" vinyl, videos and more. If you need anything else don't hesitate to get in touch.)

FREE DOWNLOAD: 'A Once Was Tramp and Tree' and 'The Islander' will be released as a free download on 20 September 2011 on the band's website (for a limited period).

LIMITED EDITION VINYL: The two tracks are also available from 20 September 2011 as a double A-side limited edition 7" vinyl version, available to pre-order now, available at the single launch events listed below.

SINGLE LAUNCH EVENTS: Urusen will be launching the release of the free download and the limited edition 7" vinyl at two events: a special launch gig in London at The Lexington on Tuesday 20th September 2011, and also in Bath at Chapel Arts on the 23rd September 2011. Further information on the two launch events is hosted below.

'A Once Was Tramp and Tree' and 'The Islander' (please feel free to embed or link this player):


Both tracks are available to download from Urusen's website so if you wish to host a public link now please provide:
The tracks will become available to download from Urusen's website on 20th September 2011.


The Limited Edition 7" Vinyl version of the double A-side (Released by Almighty Rooftop records) can be pre-ordered now in the Urusen Store

Limited Edition 7


LONDON: Tuesday 20/9/2011 @ The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB
With Sam Brookes and The Imaginary String Band
Doors: 7.30pm
Advance Ticket Price: £6 (£8 on door)
Ticket link: click here

BATH: Friday 23/9/2011 @ Chapel Arts, St James’s Memorial Hall, Lower Borough Walls Bath, BA1 1QR
With Sarabeth Tucek
Doors: 7.30pm
Advance Ticket Price: £7 (£9 on door)
Ticket link: click here


Urusen ~ photo by Andy Cotterill 2011

Photo: Andrew Cotterill 2011

Described by BBC Introducing (Bristol) as one of their festival highlights of the Summer, and predicted by the music industry’s magazine Music Week as “destined to make an impact in the years to come” Urusen combine elements of British indie-folk with great contemporary American bands like Midlake and The National, as they shift between something intrinsically English, yet akin to the midwest. With an eclectic array of mostly acoustic instruments and a lyrical, story-telling signature to their songs, Urusen aim to take their audience on an epic musical journey.

The band were spotted in 2010 by renowned UK producer Steve Osborne (KT Tunstall, Elbow, Cat’s Eyes) and have since recorded an album at Peter Gabriel’s Realworld Studios, which they are looking to release in early 2012.

Over the summer of 2011 they have been touring in the UK and have performed at festivals including The Big Chill, Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Winterwell and Wychwood, where they were recently chosen to perform on the BBC Introducing stage at the festival. Their touring has also seen them previously play alongside the likes of The Travelling Band, The Staves, Stornoway, Mt Desolation, Pete Roe and Basia Bulat.

Urusen are Peter Beatty (lead vocals, guitar), Ben Please (vocals, guitar), Jay Darwish (bass), Kieran Houston (vocals, drums) and Nick Stryder (cello).


Live at Glastonbury Festival 2011:

Recording the album @ Realworld Studios:


Urusen photo 1 ~ Please credit Andy Cotterill 2011
Urusen photo 2 ~ Please credit Andy Cotterill 2011
Urusen photo 3 ~ Please credit Andy Cotterill 2011
Sleeve artwork (cover) for 7" Vinyl ~ Artwork: Peter Beatty
Sleeve artwork (reverse) for 7" Vinyl ~ Artwork: Peter Beatty



Previous Reviews:

'British breakthrough talent' Music Week
'Acoustic-based harmonies initially sound delicate but they swell into something sweepingly memorable' Arwa Haider, Metro Newspaper
'Dizzyingly lovely...a perfect listen.' The Beat Surrender
'Strong melodies and beautiful harmonies...Urusen make you want to put off what you had planned for the day, stay home and listen several more times - it's required listening.' ***** Certified Desert Island Disc - Wildy's World
‘A five-piece doing rather lovely things to folky instruments with excellent melodies and harmonies – that’ll do for me’ Gil Mills, Best of Myspace Issue 34 -

Live reviews:

'Terrifically Atmospheric' Telegraph
'One of the festival highlights of 2010' BBC Introducing Bristol
'Fantastic' BBC Radio London
'My favourite act on the Avalon Cafe Stage - great music; the crowds loved them. Surely only a matter of time until they are on Jools Holland.' Glastonbury Festival: Lisa Pickering, Avalon Stage
'Great Act - a stunning show - Urusen had the crowd in the palm of their hand from the very first number.' Larmer Tree Festival: James Shepard, Co-Director