Ugly Beautiful are a three-piece guitar band who record great sounding alternative-rock. Formed in 2007, the group have toured internationally and released several top-billed records. Songwriting duties are shared between the band, Kieran, Gallagher, and Falender. Originally recorded at Data Studios in Kerry, the mix sat on a shelf until a recent addition of vocals from Kieran made the master. With lockdown meaning the tours had to be put on hold, the band had a chance to revisit some older material and add the finishing touches. This latest single is a small taste of what is going to be a fantastic return to the live music scene.
It begins with chunky electric guitar that swells with reverb and distortion. Heavy drums are added, they pound and roll on the bass-line that threads like ribbon through the mix. Vocals begin, a verse opens out and the music rises to meet the groove. As it progresses, blues licks play out to a heightening of tone in the vocal melody. The chorus meets us in the middle and shows the power of the band. It begins to calm down as the next verse ensues, build-up progressive guitars hint at the energy waiting to be unleashed. Here it is again, as the chorus finds new areas of exploration that lead into a melodic middle-eight. Inventive composition and a perfect balance between each instrument, the music hits us with a rock n roll energy and a subtle complexity that demonstrates a true craft.
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