UXL are hotly tipped to become one of the major young breakthrough acts of 2006. From Birmingham, the Tierney brothers formed UXL (formerly Elixir) over three years ago with friend Dan Clark and have evolved into an intriguing combination of energy and melody that draws on their varied musical influences.
UXL’s was a familiar enough start. Three young brothers loved music and started playing together, rock classics usually Zeppelin, Hendrix all the greats. PJ the eldest started with classical guitar progressed to electric and luckily started to get a bit good. John’s earlier attempts at playing the bass never quite materialized. Instead he took up acoustic guitar, began to give the vocal chords an airing and armed with Beatles chords started putting pen to paper. Fortunately the drums were always going to be the perfect instrument for Paul’s personality and it was at this point that the brothers met up with Dan Clark from Wolverhampton. Bass player and drummer with several other bands before, Dan soon became the band’s bass player and arranger. Line up complete.
What followed next will be well known to bands everywhere. Lots of rehearsing, recording demos, sending off demos, getting gigs, playing to three people audiences (two mates and the manager), dealing with eccentric sound engineers and loading unreliable vans in the early hours. Like most bands, UXL have also had their fair share of dodgy haircuts, mid-gig cock-ups, 10 minute sets due to over enthusiastic support acts, trawling dictionaries for new band names, spot outbreaks at photo time and general lurching from one crisis to the next. But luckily their time together has also seen many great highs like playing at Sandwell Festival to over 20,000 people, meeting Metallica’s sound engineer Mick Hughes, recording an acoustic set at the BBC studios, playing at Rockinbeerfest, the many positive reviews from the music press, the great support and also the recent invite to support the legendary Wishbone Ash.
After all the above, 2006 sees the launch of their long awaited debut album recorded at Mad Hat Studios in Wolverhampton and due for release in the Autumn on the independent Mab Records label. Their first single 'Beautiful Today'is to be released 14th August and available on download 7th August and a tour is currently being organized in order to promote the album. Hopefully a very busy year lies ahead.
Described by one reviewer as both ‘hard-hitting and heart-warming’, UXL successfully manage to draw on all the best from their musical influences and fuse these elements with their own edgy, melodic and unique sound. Quite simply they play great rock music and as one magazine commented recently, ‘UXL are destined for major attention’