Ugly Kids Club is made up of bright, yet haunting vocalist, Aliegh Shields, and Grammy-nominated rock producer, Steve Wilson. Experimenting with all the little sounds they love, from whimsical soundscapes to lush 80s synths, the Nashville-based duo crafts electro-pop driven tunes for ultimate enjoyment. Think pop-grunge band formed by Madonna, Andy Warhol and M83.
The pair formed in 2011 over their love for minimalist rock duos like Sleigh Bells, Crystal Castles and The Kills. At the time, Steve was producing projects such as The Juliana Theory and Jonezetta, while writing, producing and playing in his own bands, The Class of ‘98 (The Militia Group) and Hether (Interscope Records). Aliegh, who was fresh out of high school and new to Nashville, was a guitar playing songstress with a solo development deal of her own. Already acquainted through Aliegh’s brother, Wilson came on to produce her solo tracks. In no time at all, the two uncovered a mutual desire to form a band and switched gears to create Ugly Kids Club. They were able to grab ahold of their own sound that encompassed a move toward the electronic pop genre while still paying tribute to their rock influences.
Ugly Kids Club’s self-titled debut EP earned them recognition in over 50 music blogs, a Hot 100 Band in Music Connection Magazine and spins on Sirius XM U radio. After a slew of shows with bands like Five Knives, Tesla Rossa, and Coin, Ugly Kids Club set their focus on a new set of songs for their latest upcoming EP.
Teaming up with Madhouse Management, Ugly Kids Club happily announce Head Games for release on September 30, 2014.
What They're Saying:
“a little like Katy Perry fronting a digital reproduction of an ‘80s arena rock band.” - EW.com
"Madonna meets M83, mixed with BROODS and some Little Daylight, an irresistible pop package indeed." - I Heart Moosiq
"entrancing soundscapes that transport the listener to a divinely serene and arresting alternate realm that’s rich in smooth texture and captivating hooks." - Jersey Beat
"sound that combines rich harmonies, synth pop, and hard rock." - Riff Raf
"enchanting guitar riffs and haunting vocals, paired with lo fi-fuzz that is sure to have you turning the volume up to max on the first listen." - NBHAP
"...mix their deep expressive voices with heavy drumming and synths to create a fresh new sound." - Eat Sleep Breathe Music