Tracks on new EP [B]'Yon Kyoku Iri'[/B] are typically intriguing, often dispensing with brutal guitar riffs in favour of melodic haziness and a sinister [a]Pavement[/a] sound...

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For all their glitter and cutesy rucksacks, the diehard indie mob here to welcome back [a]Urusei Yatsura[/a] are a ruthless lot. Even when one poor bloke faints with excitement, the sparkly ones simply step over him to get a better view.

Obviously, Urusei Yatsura have been away too long. Like all great lost indie bands, though, its only now they’re back you realise how much we missed them. Enveloped in self-effacing humour, bad haircuts and charming coyness, their fantastically pointless lust for life seems a world away from most bands’ insipid passivity.

Though old songs like ‘Slain By Elf’ still resemble angry punked-up Velvets tracks, the new songs reveal a band who’ve mellowed-out, discovered how to turn the volume down and yet still avoid the curse of tedium. Tracks on new EP ‘Yon Kyoku Iri’ are typically intriguing, often dispensing with brutal guitar riffs in favour of melodic haziness and a sinister Pavement sound.

By the end, they’re enveloped in a wall of squealing feedback, throwing handfuls of fake money into the crowd. No-one shouts for an encore. Because, frankly, you can’t follow that.