Two years on from their critically lauded second album ‘Fall Better’ , Scottish 2 piece VUKOVI return with a record that is undoubtably the best distillation of their unique musical vision yet, brand new album ‘NULA’, which will be released on October 7th, 2022 through LAB Records.

Fans can pre-order the album in various formats and bundles – HERE

The band also today release their huge, brand new single and video ‘HADES’, which got its world exclusive first play last night on Radio 1 with Clara Amfo. Listen back to the whole show – HERE

VUKOVI are an ambitious band, and ‘NULA’ is an ambitious record, filled with big, punchy riffs amalgamated with extreme pop that has made them such a band to be reckoned with. The record has a careful sonic blending of nu metal, shoegaze, rock, punk, pop, electronics and samples, “I’ve had so much fun making this record,” says Hamish (Reilly), “I sometimes think I can overcomplicate my playing, just because I need to keep myself interested. But I’ve gone all out on NULA, and everything that is there is something that needed to be there.”

Now a two piece, vocalist Janine and guitarist Hamish are VUKOVI, and have spent these strange two years gone plotting in their Glasgow base. ‘NULA’ is, as vocalist Janine explains ‘A concept record’, which charts the journey of this character (called Nula) in a distant, far off, Sci-fi world. “Growing up I was obsessed with the likes of Akira, Batman: The Animated Series, Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, The Alien franchise, Star Wars, all massive influences of mine.”

The whole record starts with an announcement of interplanetary travel. Nula (the character) is a captured extraterrestrial that’s now the property of a nefarious capitalist. ‘NULA’ (the album) picks up 25 years after her capture. And in-between there’s all sorts of comment on themes of trauma, violence, lust, and revenge. Fittingly for a record as bold in its ambition as ‘NULA’ is, it’s not a record that only looks inward – there are big themes being explored on the album. It’s 2022. The world is ablaze, how could there not be? “I think about what’s happening in the world too much,” says Janine. “The way the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer. The greed. The cruelty. There’s a lot of that on the record, and in Nula’s story.”

As well as being sonically ambitious, the album is incredibly, lyrically mature and astute, with the anthemic synthetic pop of the excellent ‘SLO’, which deals with singer Janine’s diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. “It’s almost like a love letter to something I hate, something that’s caused me so much suffering. But it’s also me wondering if I would cease to exist if it was removed from me. Or the heavy and heady rush of ‘I Exist’, which sees Janine push through the pain of mental illness and realise that she is worthy of life and deserving of joy. “I’m really interested in exploring the idea of joy,” says the singer. “I’ve had enough misery in my life. There’s a song I really like early on in the record called ‘Quench’, which is about sexual liberation from a woman’s perspective, which I don’t think we hear about enough.”

‘NULA’ track-listing:
5. SLO
11. HURT
12. SAD
13. XX

‘NULA’ is out on October 7th, 2022 through Lab Records, and new single ‘HADES’ is
out right now. Pre-order ‘NULA’ – HERE

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