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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Perth-via-Busselton trio Pretty Uglys have announced the release of their sophomore EP Party Friends. The announcement comes alongside their new single, Emergency Room.

The five-track release is set to continue the bands signature blend of punk and surf-rock, written by the three-piece. Mixed by Tristan Sturmer and mastered by George Georgiadis, the band have spent the past twelve months working on the release, honing in on their sound. “All songs we compiled together in our rehearsal room generally sparking from a simple guitar or bass part, which evolves into a sum what structured track with lyrics always coming last." the band share. "We used the Garageband app on iPhone to demo a lot of it, then went to see to our good mate Tristan Sturmer at Sumo Studios Perth which is where we recorded all the final versions of the songs.”

The EP's lead single sees the band take a heavier approach to their sound, serving as the EP's opener and an introduction to the sonic exploration of the release. Conceptually, the track documents a night out gone wrong, that results in scars and stitches. Speaking of the new track, the band share: “Emergency Room is one of the heavier tracks off the EP also being the opening track to kick things off with a punch. Written about a night out which ended with Jax landing in hospital needing stitches in his face, then heading to Perth the next day to play a sold out show with Ruby Fields, it was our biggest show to date at the time.”

The three-piece will also be hitting the road this May, performing a string of shows across Western Australia to celebrate the release of Party Friends. “We are starting in Fremantle with a show at Mojo’s Bar on the 1st of May. Next show is on the 13th playing a surf premiere party for RUSTY in Perth. The following night we head south for a show at The River in Margaret River near our home turf, then cruising back up the freeway for the last one on the 15 th of May at one of our favorite venues, Indi Bar in Scarborough. Stoked to have a big list of mates bands joining us over the 4 dates, yyeooowww’’

Party Friends is out April 16. Listen to Emergency Room below.


Saturday, May 8th - Mojo’s Bar Fremantle

w/ Weekenda + Sunsick

Thursday May 13th - ‘Wades World Prem Party’ for Rusty Surfboards at Perth HQ

Friday May 14th - The River Hotel, Margaret River

w/ Sky Cave + Stunned Mullets

Saturday May 15th - Indi Bar, Scarborough

w/c Star Arcana + Circa The Sun + Sunsick


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