Ugly Sun

Ugly Sun

Valley Girls, Lonely Pirate Committee

Mon · March 26, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$7.00 - $10.00

This event is all ages

Ugly Sun
Ugly Sun
Ugly Sun has an affinity for the unbeautiful. Hailing from Buffalo, NY the band has used their steel city edge to bridge the gap between garage punk and emotive indie. The trio's name succinctly explains the band’s general beliefs in rock and roll. "Rock and Roll has become so shiny" explains front-man/bassist John Crook. "It used to be about the underbelly, the dark parts of society; the dirty parts" he continues, "we want to make Rock and Roll ugly again".

Ugly Sun’s latest release the “Painted Post” EP sees them continuing to explore and expand their intentions. Bright driving songs like "Keep Me Safe” and "Soil" feel familiar yet feature an undercurrent of beauty and sadness while sticking to their Punk Rock credo. Darker more complex songs like "Contagious" and opening track "Marble Eye” point to the extreme places their emotions take them creatively.

"We feel like we have found our voices through these songs" guitarist Trey Hollowood says proudly. “They feel comfortable and worn and exciting at the same time.” The band is also excited to show off the songs on the road. They have spent a considerable part of their first year together touring and aren’t slowing down anytime soon. “The goal is to play as much as possible, in front of as many people as we can,” says Crook, “[playing live] is the biggest reason we do this and we can’t wait to play this record.”

"The songs on this record have definitely shifted our focus a bit, we definitely know where we’re going from here” drummer Harrison Crook says. Crook spent the better part of the past five years studying songwriting at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he found himself questioning authority. He ended up leaving the school citing too much artistic restriction. Though he fought for artistic freedom he also serves as the band’s most-level head. "He's definitely the band’s pop sensibility" jokes his brother John "he reins us in a lot".

Ugly Sun sees 2017 as a chance to define themselves and they’re not wasting any time. The “Painted Post” EP due out in the spring will be followed immediately by writing their debut full-length record. "We have been writing and touring pretty aggressively. We have so much pent up energy and we’re spending it all on this project” Crook says. The band shows no signs of taking their foot off the gas. "Songs are really starting to pour out of us, we continue to push the boundaries and it’s fun to see where we end up". As long as Ugly Sun continues to push boundaries and challenge the status quo, they’re sure to keep us guessing.
Valley Girls
Valley Girls
An experimental rock band operating within extremes, fusing minimalist repetition with maximalist emotion. Valley Girls are active in numerous projects, both together and apart, including Boy Future Guitars, Factfinder, neckline, and YHWH.

Their first album "Mesozoic" was released in 2013 and revolved around science fiction, cryptozoology, and deconstructed takes on black metal, hardcore, and noise rock. Their second album "Being/Becoming," released in 2017, is a loose concept album exploring stasis and transformation, continuity and radical change across three interlocking suites. The album sees the band hone in further on repetition, outsized rock n roll, and tight song structures.

"Being/Becoming" was named album of the week by Kool Strings radio, Devor-Rock reviewed it favorably, and was ultimately ranked as the number two local album of the year by WKSU.
Lonely Pirate Committee
Lonely Pirate Committee
a band with 6 members from cleveland
Venue Information:
Beachland Tavern
15711 Waterloo
Cleveland, OH, 44110