The Ugly Club Biography
Last updated: 10/14/2012 05:13:24 AM
“The Union County-based band has excelled at crafting psych-pop melodies with a punchy funk beat.” – Paste Magazine
“The Ugly Club may want to change their name, because their future’s pretty good-looking.” – MTV Buzzworthy
“If you’re not a believer of the phrase ‘hard work pays off,’ then maybe you should take a look at The Ugly Club.” -*CMJ*
“Guys, pay attention. This is a really good one. The Ugly Club are going to fly.” – Adrian Grenier (Entourage/Wreckroom Records)
“Floating somewhere between indie-rock, pop melodies and psychedelic piano lines,
you’ll find New Jersey’s The Ugly Club.” – FILTER Magazine
Fearlessly honest and unwaveringly persistent, The Ugly Club has been operating for nearly two years with such a force that it has become impossible to ignore them (and you would be foolish to do so). With the July 2012 release of their debut album, “You Belong To The Minutes”, The Ugly Club is vocally ambitious and teeming with intelligent arrangements not unlike the most progressive artists of our time. Reaching psychedelic highs comparable to My Morning Jacket and Radiohead, the delicate inclusion of jazz, indie-rock, and Prince-eqsue neo-funk sends listeners into an unanticipated daydream.
Since the humble beginnings of The Ugly Club in various small towns throughout central New Jersey, the band has had high aspirations and an unfaltering vision of their career path. Two self-released/produced EPs deep, the band has independently toured the east coast playing notable venues and festivals like SXSW in Austin, TX and has received praise from publications like CMJ, PASTE, FILTER, Guitar World & countless others. “If White Arrows were the hardest working ‘official’ SXSW band, The Ugly Club was the hardest working ‘unofficial’ band,” says Mike Henneberger of Stages & Stereotype.com, regarding the bands’ tireless efforts busking, promoting and playing gigs during music week. With the help of both DIY marketing and free-download distribution through Frostwire and other online outlets, the bands’ previous release, “Visions of Tall Girl” EP has surpassed 100k downloads worldwide.
“The Ugly Club is the kind of band male teenagers envy and teenage females dream about. And with an effort this strong, it’s only a matter of time before lines will be too long, ticket pre-sales will sell out and their faces will be ever-present,” stated Greg Robson of Absolutepunk.net in the early days of The Ugly Club. The musical self-realization and drive behind this mammoth sound has only grown since then, setting the tempo for the future of The Ugly Club. Now, it’s just a matter of time. Join The Ugly Club & follow all current happenings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube!
The Ugly Club is:
Ryan Egan – vocals, guitar
Joseph Stasio – guitar, vocals
Taylor Mandel – keyboards, trumpet, vocals
Rick Sue-Poi – bass
Ryan Mcnulty – drums