U 137 were a Swedish band, also featuring Mats Larsson (alias Tage Jesus) of Stulna Begär. They took their name from a Russian submarine that hit a rock in Swedish international waters in 1981, causing further speculation of Soviet influence on Sweden. It’s a very interesting incident, which you can read more about here.
It seems like this was a collaborative project of three like-minded Swedish musicians, who swapped instruments for each track. Vocalist Michael Andersson would go on to form Sacrilege, a death/black metal band in the 90s. Andersson and Anders Nilsson (aka Nisse) also released a few singles as Andra Sidan in the late 1980s. Most notably, all three members were involved in Total Musak, with a similar cold/post-punk style and a female singer. Total Musak further explored the Cold War sentiment covered here, and are just as good. BONUS: you can hear all their recordings (though sadly only at 128 kbps) here. Awesome!
Not sure how many copies of this exist in total (rough guess is 500), but the first 300 copies were pressed on blue vinyl with no center label. This is the version I have.
Both sides here have something different to offer, likely a product of Larsson and Nilsson swapping string synth/drum duties for each track. Fans of bands like Peyr, Killing Joke, and the Red Rain Coat 7” will dig the energy of “En Som Faller,” (A Falling) while those who prefer the the cold Seventeen Seconds, Names/Factory sound should go nuts for “Baksidan Av Ditt Öga” (The Back of Your Eye). There is rumored to be an English version of “En Som Faller” on a compilation, re-titled “Trip and Die” but not sure where you can hear that version. For now, here’s a fresh rip of this excellent 7”!
U 137- Härifrån Till Evigheten 7”
1. Baksidan Av Ditt Öga
2. En Som Faller
Thanks to the excellent B-Sound website for filling in the gaps of this otherwise mysterious 7”!