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There’s a breathe of fresh air coming from the Wasatch Mountains of Salt Lake City, Utah. Ugly Boys – a self-proclaimed “Damn Good Pop” band, consists of five hopeless romantics that are anything but their given name. Audibly promoting positivity, these lads parallel your favorite 90’s sitcom entertainer; the anti-reflection of the current world, relieving you of your worries for as long as you’ll allow like Saturday morning cartoons. Formed in early 2018 as an idea over boxed wine Ugly Boys wasted no time; releasing four singles, heading out on multiple US tours, and opening for acts such as Little Dragon, BRONCHO, Com Truise, and Rooney. Vibrant five part harmonies, retro grooves, and glittering guitar works decorate the tender style of Ugly Boys. Their debut EP, “Do You Like Me?” is set to come out Valentines Day 2019 and it’s sure to leave you dancing with your heart in the clouds.
Easy There Tiger
With a deep background in rock n’ roll, the trio – Jake Soffer on guitar, Cody Powers on bass, and Mason Martel on drums – evokes a classic hard rock sound with a fresh taste of funk, jazz, and post-rock elements. ETT’s debut EP Tigerstyle features five tracks of tight funk rhythms smashed against chugging 70’s rock riffs, establishing the group’s electrifying introduction into the music world.
Soffer met Martel in a sound design class at the University of Oregon in 2015. The two immediately bonded over similar music tastes and formed the Eugene-based funk rock 6-piece Chimes Freddy, Soffer and Martel rotating on bass, guitar and drums. After moving to Portland in 2016, Soffer met Powers through a Craigslist ad and they began writing ETT’s early material. The guitarist and bassist auditioned drummers from Portland’s underground music scene for months, but with little luck. Roughly a year after forming ETT, Soffer invited Martel to sit in at a rehearsal, and he never left.
Since the trio’s fruition, ETT has maintained a packed schedule of shows in the Pacific Northwest. An entirely instrumental band, the three musicians incorporate soul, funk, rock, and psychedelic styles to form a unique, non-lyrical musical voice.
Arlo Indigo is the moniker of Portland songwriter Jeremiah Brunnhoelzl. The name comes from an homage to a childhood friend who started a cult after they lost touch as adults and the colors he saw in his head while writing the first batch of songs as a byproduct of his sound/color synesthesia. His particular brand of uptempo rock music combines shiny guitar chords and spacey synthesizers to create a sound he’s affectionately labeled as “thrill-chill.”