Talk us through how the band came together.

Ok, so there are two brothers in the band, Dan and Joe. Joe had been having drum lessons at school and Dan got his first electric guitar for his 14th birthday. The lads started jamming out together, listening to the old classics on CDs and making funny little videos together. Then came along James, who met Joe at a camp and they quickly became fast friends.

The lads had their first ever band practice together and wrote some slick riffs that became core tunes for our early years. James originally wanted to be the lead guitarist, so we ended up going through several lineup changes before settling with James as lead singer, Dan on keys and lead guitar, Joe on drums and Sam on bass and vocals. The Pretty Ugly has been together for almost 10 years now, the music has definitely evolved and become stronger and we are very excited for the release of our new little album! 

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

James and Joe, the main writers for the group, are the most similarly influenced. Growing up listening to all the same 80s records such as Bucks Fizz, Michael Jackson, Nick Kershaw, and the like. But then also discovered bands like The Strokes, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys etc. and fell in love with Indie music. Dan and Sam on the other hand are a little different. Dan being a metalhead and Sam being a lover of all things cringe. He loves Mcfly and Taylor Swift…I’m sure you can picture him already. 

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

Why are you called The Pretty Ugly…cause it’s a flipping cool name!!!

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

James – Hitler didn’t die in 1945

Daniel – The Pyramids weren’t built by the ancient Egyptians

Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?

Lots of loo roll

What useless party trick do you have? 

Dan can hold a cup with the back of his hand

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

York – The Vaults: easily the best gig we’ve ever played, the crowd was a blast and we played out of our skin.

What was the worst experience on stage?

We’ve had too many to count. You always know when we’ve had a bad show cause we can get very stroppy.

What makes you stand out as an artist?

We aren’t really your typical lads, we all go to church and don’t drink or smoke or anything like that. Pretty clean-cut guys (almost boring). But musically I think we’re mastering the ability to create stupidly catchy tunes and our fusion of all our different influences makes something we feel is really special. 

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?

The Tory leadership campaign – couldn’t care less who wins

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

Lemon & Lime – is the fan favorite and it always gives us a buzz seeing how much people get involved with it.

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?

Our newest tune coming out is a song called All The Time. A really simple song in comparison to a lot of our other stuff. It’s almost a rip-off of that 90s 00s era of pop-punk/Alternative tunes from bands like Weezer, Blink 182, and such but it’s a sound that reminds us of good times and gets our blood pumping. We let those bands inspire us when deciding to write what is gonna be the first single off our new record (more details to be announced soon). 

What was the recording process like?

Recording it was so class! We recorded it with a producer called Federico Telesca and he really helped us find the sound for the record. It was a totally different and way more professional approach to recording than we have experienced in the past. Every bar of every song was carefully considered until the whole project was nicely polished and we were left with a finished product that was more than we could have ever dreamed it could be. We took our time, and didn’t rush ourselves so we could really pour ourselves into this record. 

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

Instead of just recording our demos as they were in terms of the songs structure and all our original parts we wanted to craft each song individually so that we could use the base we had made with our demos and add things and make changes to really emphasize the point each song is trying to make. Which is something I feel we have fallen short of with every song we have ever made before this record. 

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Bold answer – No!

What are your plans for the year ahead?

Release music, make more music, and then make plans to release that music…and of course play loads of gigs as we always like to do. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Climate change is real, and it’s happening right now 

Peace and love, go listen to our new tune!