Instant Connection | An Interview With Ultraviolet Communication

Based out of Phoenix, Ultraviolet Communication incorporates melodic guitar riffs, soulful vocals which create an expansive psychedelic rock experience.  Released in January 2020, Capacity for Illusion was well received by several media outlets around Phoenix and beyond.  Currently, the band is working on promoting their second album release titled Paper Tiger, set for release on December 10th, 2021.

Ultraviolet Communication recently the first single coming off Paper Tiger, “Moon Man.”  Inspiration was found from a bevy of sources, most notably the infamous theme for Star Wars scored by John Williams.  “Moon Man” offers up the rich ‘60s pop-rock vibes along with alternating elements of pop and psychedelic roots. The latest single “The DIener” comes out with a fuzzed-out sound that is delivered dark and mysteriously. The single is based on a fictional story centering around a man who was cursed to work as a Diener in Satan’s morgue.

The band came together via Craigslist. Having responded to each other, how much time passed before you solidified the current lineup?

It was pretty immediate. As soon as the three of us met for the first time, we kinda knew it was a great fit.

What was the definitive moment that linked the group together?

We don’t think there was any singular moment. It was more of a gradual thing that came with us meeting over a period of several months.

What was the major influence on the group musically?

We draw influence from many different styles and artists. When conceiving the group we never went into it trying to place ourselves into a box so we try to keep an open mind when it comes to influences.

How would you describe the scene in Phoenix? Do you find it to be pretty expansive?

It’s not as expansive as you’d expect. It is a very large metropolitan area, but given the pandemic, a lot of projects have died out and a few venues did not survive the lack of business. There are a decent amount of acts still playing around town, but it’s not as diverse as one might expect.

I’m curious if there’s a story behind the band name. Is there?

Not really. We had thrown around a few names and Ultraviolet Communication was actually the result of two other names that included those words separately. We combined the names and removed the unnecessary words and ended up with the name.

The latest album came just over a year after the debut. Do you see this quick turnaround of albums as something that will be continued?

Absolutely. We are always looking forward to the next thing so we are currently working on new material for future releases.

Was there any difficulty with recording for Paper Tiger given lockdowns and the lingering pandemic?

Not really. We all quarantined together in our house so given that our producer had also quarantined, it was just the four of us at the studio with no one else around.

What were some of the things the band wanted to check off with the new album?

We wanted it to feel different than the first album by pushing the envelope with arrangements and expanding the instrumentation beyond what is capable live.

How does the band go about writing? Is it primarily a collaborative effort?

It kinda varies from song to song. Some songs come together as a band and other times it will be a culmination of one or two of the members’ separate ideas.

What was the recording process like for Paper Tiger?

It was fun, but somewhat challenging at times. We set out to cut portions of this record live together in the same room and later overdubbed over the top. This tested our ability to play tightly together for the sake of capturing the feeling of the music being played live.

Listening to the music I feel that the live performance is a can’t miss. What should audiences expect when they see you?

They should expect a blisteringly loud, yet dynamic, sonic assault of rock music that takes the listener through a slew of sounds.