Homegrown rockers, the Bumpin Uglies are set to release their new LP on Friday. Bumpin’ Uglies was formed by lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Brandon Hardesty in 2008, when he set out to create a sound and an approach that was unique and immediately identifiable. It’s the same thing every artist says that they want when they form their band, but Bumpin’ Uglies are the rare act that does stand out in every way, making them utterly memorable to everyone the come across. They incorporate many styles into their music, with a major emphasis on ska, reggae and punk. But they don’t really care what bucket you want to put them in, either you love ‘em or you don’t—as Brandon says, “it’s your choice to join the party or sit outside instead; and It’s always more fun in the party.”
The band’s third full-length (and first for Right Coast Records, the label owned and operated by members of Ballyhoo!) will be released on September 9.
Front man Brandon Hardesty told Idobi, “We shot this video at a public part outside of Baltimore on the hottest day of July. It was our first time doing a music video with a plot and a director so we didn’t know exactly what to expect, but the guys with Stage 20 Media did a great job making us feel comfortable. I’m really excited for how it turned up and I think it should do a great job setting the tone for our upcoming album.”
“The new record Is the culmination of the last 8 years of my life. It’s a collection of stories about touring as an independent band, but told in a way that is applicable to every day life. There are songs about long drives, financial uncertainty, lost friendships, relationships, and panic attacks,” adds Hardesty. “It’s a mixture of ska/punk, reggae/rock, and dub, but with a darkness to it that isn’t usually found in the genre.”
Bumpin Uglies will be supporting Ballyhoo! on their east coast tour dates this fall.