A clean, pristine red carpet has been rolled out and starched. Just as we were fearing the worst for guitar music’s future, 2018 saw a surge in the scene. Goat Girl, Parquet Courts, IDLES and Shame carved commercial success from post-punk authenticity. Right on time, Ugly are here to muddy the sidewalks. Fronted by twenty-two-year-old Sam Goater, the five-piece are a cut and paste collage of raspberry soft interludes and deep, velvet vocals. You wouldn’t believe they’re from Cambridge. Chug along to Sunday School, their latest EP, for crooked guitars and mariachi chaos. Organs, trumpets and merry-go-round rhythms seal the fraying decay of yesterday’s indie a thing of the past. It's only up from here.
Join Ugly's Sam Goater ahead of his forthcoming Bad Stuff: Friends Serene and Cool Brother Present show on a car ride to nowhere, as he meddles with the tape deck.
Bad Stuff: Friends Serene and Cool Brother Present details
Who: Sunken, Ugly, Joseph Efi
Where: Shacklewell Arms
When: Thursday 4th April
Free tickets can be booked via Dice here
Ugly – Switch
Where are we going?
The regal Wetherspoon of Cambridge.
There’s room for another. Who’s coming?
My dear Mum.
Jesus is always at the wheel.
What’s the vehicle of choice?
Awesome razor scooter with foam handles and tassels.
Got any good snacks?
Whole lotta humus.
Wait, what’s that in the glove box?
D’you know of any good stop offs along the way?
JD Sports and an old church.
What did you do with the map?
Fun and cool paper aeroplane.
Why’s it in Danish?
I tried my hardest, okay. Please don't do this! Not now.
Look out the window, what can you see?
An uncertain future for the youth of today... And a tree.
I spy with my little eye something beginning with ‘T’…
What’s your favourite landscape to drive through?
Any kind of drive through.
What’s on the mixtape?
William Blake – Jerusalem
Redbone – One More Time
Simon & Garfunkel – America
Fleetwood Mac – Over My head
Nick Drake – Riverman
Kate Bush – Babushka
ABBA – Dancing Queen
Slipknot – Eyeless
Everything But The Girl – Missing
Listen to the On The Road with Allah-Las on Spotify here
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