New Album Out Now Please see here for the album release page
The Short Version
Uzi Listening are a five-piece instrumental band from East Lancashire. Formed in 2012 as an antidote to covers bands, they have been busy writing and performing their own material ever since. It's a hard to pin down sound; imagine Duke Ellington playing krautrock with Kraftwerk.
The Long Version
Uzi Listening's first gig was to support world-renowned Mexican jazz fusion group Troker. A worthy testament to a fine bunch of musicians who have been causing a buzz locally in the years since.
The band started in 2011 when brasstronaut Jimmy Fletcher enrolled drummer Pete Willetts, piano/keyboard player Gareth Cooper and fusion guitarist Geoff Senior to ‘play a bit of jazz’. Fueled by a mutual disinterest of everything tribute, it became clear right away that they had to write their own tunes. With the quick addition of Sam H-M on bass, the Uzi Listening sound was created. A rich vein of composing ensued, with ideas colliding from each of the band members disparate styles. The result: a tightly-knit set of truly original material.
Uzi Listening are synonymous with Rossendale. Looming in the mist like stone chimneys or wet sheep. All members have years of involvement in the local scene before gravitating together into the cohesive Uzi core.
With tendrils spanning Bacup to Ramsbottom via Burnley & Blackburn, Uzi are steeped in local musical involvement. Be it playing and writing in a myriad of audio ventures, or running decades of memorable gigs at venues across the valley as promoters, coaxing luminaries from across the pond in Atlanta and Boise to tread our mossy cobbles, supplying the sound systems that have rocked Rossendale or supporting Mexico's finest jazz fusioneers in a little club in Rawtenstall.
Safe within our bunker at Water brass band, where they tolerate our sonic manipulations with a wry smile and a hint of envy, we are free to dive into our genre-busting cauldron of musical delights.
In 2018, Uzi Listening have been busy recording their first album, the almost self-titled “Uzi Listening?”. It's the first foray into recording for a band that have concentrated previously on writing and live performance. Please see the album release page for more info.