Formed in 2012, The Pretty Ugly is a collective of veterans of the Triad music scene, friends and brothers.... to create a band that is free of limitations of a genre or classification.... that is constantly evolving. The all original sound is simplistic yet dynamic, to express their many interests in music. Coming from many different influences the band set out to not conform to one sound or genre, exploring in realms of rock, metal, alternative, new wave, and classic rock to create their original sound. Think Clutch meets COC meets Faith No More meets Tool meets The Red Hot Chili Peppers meets Rush meets Zappa. The results of that musical melee is The Pretty Ugly.
It is a highly energetic show where primal emotions are evoked. Lee Myers' versatile vocal styles along with his melodic keyboards and southern harmonica help accomplish this along with Todd Rierson and his often spacey and just as equal heavy guitar riffs. A rhythm section consisting of Jay Ovittore and his blistering double bass drums complemented by his in the pocket playing and Chris Sealey and his dynamic bass sounds rounds out and completes the sounds and experience known as The PrettyUgly.
Listen to these guys on Reverbnation, buy their music here, and check out what they had to tell us below!
A little over 4 years - since 2012.
Junkies: Any notable changes?
As far as members go, we added Jay on drums Summer of 2013. It's been the same since. Everyone else has been consistent since the bands inception.
Junkies: What inspires you as a band?
I think first and foremost each other, the different ideas and styles we put into it. Also working to hopefully get to a point of doing it for a living.
Junkies: Who are your influences?
Well we have many, collectively Faith No More is a major one due to how eclectic they are. Bands like Clutch, C.O.C., are some of our mainstays as well.
Junkies: What are your songs about?
Lyrically that would be a question for Lee. As far as vibe, we try to create a different one for everything we write as a song.
Junkies: Who have you played with?
As far as on the national circuit we've played shows with Mushroomhead, Kings X, and also a band called Riven that had members of Motograter in it.
Junkies: Who do you hope to play with?
There are many acts we would love to play with nationally, Clutch, COC, for sure.
Junkies: What keeps the band going?
The fact we are all seasoned and dedicated to creating and playing. And also we are all first and foremost great friends and we have and will get past our obstacles.
Junkies: Any interesting facts about the band?