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Ugly Runner


Review by Gary Hill

A North Carolina based band, I would have guessed them as British from their sound. They have a noisy kind of punk meets garage meets psychedelic sound. There is still quite a bit of range within that concept. Whatever you call it, this interesting and energized.

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Track by Track Review
You Keep Me Up
Noisy, punky and echoey, there is a real lo-fi garage band sound to this tune as it starts. After the first vocal movement the sound moves out from the background, loses its echoey texture and really rocks out. There is a lot of psychedelia here, merged with a punk DIY concept. I dig the retro sounding guitar solo movement.
How Lovely You Are
The mix of psychedelia and punk is in place here, too. I can make out some space rock here, too. The lo-fi, fuzz-laden concept is classy.
When the Reaper Comes
Noisy music, this combines punk with rock and roll. The ending section twists things into a mellower motif.
She Was Your Girl
Imagine if the Beatles had a garage band punky vibe. It would have probably sounded a lot like this. I love the bass sound and lines on this tune. The guitar solo is a tasty touch with its retro rock vibe.
This Time of Year
This number comes in mellower, and works out from there eventually to more rocking. The echoey concept is psychedelic, spacey and punky. It's also really cool. There is a space rock vibe, but also almost a Jane's Addiction kind of thing in some ways.
Too Much TV

There is a hardcore punk vibe to this thing. It's screaming hot and really driving.

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