Photo Credit: Mitch Love
Perth-via-Busselton trio Pretty Uglys release their sophomore EP ‘Party Friends’ today.
The band’s five-track sophomore EP features a mixed bag of punk and surf-rock songs that they’ve been playing in their live set for a while. It comes on the back of single ‘Party Friends’, which was added to Triple j Unearthed and the DIY video on RAGE and ‘Emergency Room’ which premiered on Triple j Unearthed and played on Triple j’s Home & Hosed on April 12.
“Feels epic to get this release into the world collectively putting together these tracks in a way that helps solidify our own sound direction from over the past 12 months at least, with both happy and deeper/heavier tracks all in the mix.’’
Writing and recording the tracks as a collective out of Perth’s Sumo Studios, Pretty Uglys enlisted “good mate” Tristan Sturmer to mix the EP and George Georgiadis to master it. The band saying, “All songs we compiled together in our rehearsal room generally sparking from a simple guitar or bass part, which evolves into a sum what structured track with lyrics always coming last. We used the garageband app on iphone to demo a lot of it, then went to see to our good mate Tristan Sturmer at Sumo Studios Perth which is where we recorded all the final versions of the songs.”
The band will be hitting the road in WA along with some of their mates in May.
“We are starting on May 13th playing a surf premiere party for RUSTY in Perth. The following night we head south for a show at The River in Margaret River near our home turf, then cruising back up the freeway for the last one on the 15th of May at one of our favorite venues, Indi Bar in Scarborough, followed by The Aardvark in Fremantle on May 21. Stoked to have a big list of mates bands joining us over the 4 dates, yyeooowww’’.
Party Friends EP tracklisting:
Pleased to Meet Ya
PRAISE FOR PRETTY UGLYS
“Big fans of Skegss, Tired Lion and Violent Soho have found themselves a new favourite band!”
Claire Mooney Triple j
Emergency Room: “Pretty Uglys have me pretty sweaty and out of breath after this hi octane winner! 4 stars”
Declan Byrne Triple j
Party Friends: “They weren’t lying about their party pedigree. This is just such a good time from Pretty Uglys – what’s more it’s done and dusted in 3 minutes like the time it takes to wreck the garage during band practice. 4 stars”
Dave Ruby Howe, Triple j Unearthed
“Pretty Uglys have come forward to keep a future for infectious surf-rock in a way that feels authentic and properly surf-rock, comparable to long-time pioneers in the sound from FIDLAR to Skegsss, but with an edge that keeps it distinct to them.”
“They belt out an infectious brand of surfy garage with an energy that most bands take years to develop.”
“Pretty Uglys drop dynamic new song ‘Party Friends’”
PRETTY UGLYS TOUR DATES
Thursday May 13th – ‘Wades World Prem Party’ for Rusty Surfboards at Perth HQ
Friday May 14th – The River Hotel, Margaret River Tickets
w/ Sky Cave + Stunned Mullets
Saturday May 15th – Indi Bar, Scarborough Tickets
w/c Star Arcana + Circa The Sun + Sunsick
Friday May 21st – The Aardvark, Fremantle Tickets