Bumpin Uglies Announce Signing with Space Duck Records; Releasing Fourth LP ‘Beast From The East’ on April 6
Annapolis, MD’s Bumpin Uglies have signed with newly launched Chicago-based indie label Space Duck Records, and will release their new LP ‘Beast From The East’ on April 6th. Pre-orders for the band’s fourth LP, the follow up to 2016’s ‘Keep It Together,’ will launch on March 16.
Frontman Brandon Hardesty says, “I’m very excited about this record! Howi Spangler (Ballyhoo!) ran point on the production for these sessions and the result is our biggest sound to date. This was a very fun record to make and I think it will be a fun record for the fans to listen to as well.”
Space Duck Records founder Daniel Servi adds, “I have been a fan of Bumpin Uglies for quite a while now and have worked with them in the past in other capacities. I think Brandon and the guys have something very special with this record and I am thrilled that Space Duck Records can be a part of it”
What people said about Bumpin Uglies ‘Keep It Together’:
“Because of the vast influences the album contains, there really is something for everyone. If you don’t check this album out, not only will you be missing out on one of the best albums of the year… you will be missing out on listening to one of the best bands of the last few years.”
“Keep It Together is a collection of hard-nosed reggae rock ballads. The lyrics are extremely honest, and Hardesty sings each song with fire in his breath. Bumpin Uglies effectively change tempos throughout the album, building up to would-be-moshes, then slowing down the beat to allow our heart rates to settle back down….It’s an album with no-frills attached, just candid, clever lyricism mixed with high volume reggae punk rock.” – The Pier
“With their steady stream of live shows, EPs and full-length LPs and DIY ethics they’ve managed to leave other stagnant bands in their dust. “Keep It Together” is the culmination of that hard work and effort that they’ve put forth and it definitely shows. In my opinion it is easily their best album.” – ReadJunk
“…a very good album and the laid back reggae/ska grooves on here will certainly help eke out the last remaining sun rays and brighten up the start of autumn.”- The Punk Archive
JAN 10 San Antonio- Sam’s Burger Joint Music Hall
JAN 11 Houston- Scout Bar
JAN 12 Austin, TX – ONE-2-ONE BAR
JAN 13 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
JAN 14 Tulsa, OK- The Blackbird
JAN 16 Steamboat Springs, CO- Old Town Pub
JAN 18 Colorado Springs- The Black Sheep
JAN 19 Denver, CO- Cervantes’ Other Side
JAN 20 Fort Collins, CO- Hodi’s Half Note
JAN 21 Aspen, CO- Belly Up, Aspen
JAN 23 Omaha, NE- Slowdown
JAN 24 Kansas City, MO-The Riot Room
JAN 25 St. Louis, MO- Broadway Oyster Bar
JAN 26 Evansville, IN- Lamasco Bar and Grill
JAN 27 Indianapoli, IN- The Mousetrap
FEB 1 New Haven, CT- Pacific Standard Tavern
FEB 2 Newmarket, NH- The Stone Church Music Club
FEB 3 Holyoke, Ma- Gateway City Arts
FEB 9 Plains, PA- River Street Jazz Cafe
FEB 10 Asbury Park, NJ- THE SAINT
FEB 15 Morgantown, WV- 123 Pleasant Street
FEB 16 Baltimore, MD- Rams Head Live ( w/ George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
FEB 16-18 Baltimore, MD Frozen Harbor Music Festival 2018/POWER PLANT LIVE!
MAR 10 Stanhope NJ- Stanhope House – Main Stage
MAR 25 Sebastian, FL- Captain Hirams Sand Bar (w/ Badfish: a Tribute to Sublime)
MAR 26 Gainesville, FL- High Dive (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
MAR 30 Dallas, TX- House of Blues Dallas (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
MAR 31 Houston, TX- House of Blues (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
APR 19 Brooklyn, NY- Brooklyn Bowl (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
APR 21 Patchogue, NY- Stereo Garden LI (w/ Badfish, Bumpin Uglies, and Oogee Wawa)
APR 25 South Burlington, VT- Higher Ground (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
APR 26 Portland, ME- Aura (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
APR 28 Syracuse, NY- The Westcott Theater (w/ Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime)
About Bumpin’ Uglies:
Bumpin’ Uglies was formed by lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Brandon Hardesty in 2008, when he set out to create a sound and an approach that was unique and immediately identifiable. It’s the same thing every artist says that they want when they form their band, but Bumpin’ Uglies are the rare act that does stand out in every way, making them utterly memorable to everyone the come across. They incorporate many styles into their music, with a major emphasis on ska, reggae and punk. But they don’t really care what bucket you want to put them in, either you love ‘em or you don’t—it’s your choice to join the party or sit outside instead; and It’s always more fun in the party.
With three full-length LP’s, a live show LP and two EP’s under their belt, Bumpin’ Uglies prolific studio work is the product of continuous song writing and a desire to keep putting out fresh material for their ever-growing fan base. They achieved national recognition with the release of their 2011 LP “Free Candy”, and they have continued to gain momentum with each subsequent release, including “Load in-Load Out” (live show LP), Ninjah Reggae Assassins (LP released in 2013 which reached #1 on iTunes Reggae chart), and EP’s “Freak Out Hell Bus” and “Sublime with No One”, both released in 2015.
Bumpin’ Uglies match their output in the studio with a road-warrior approach to touring that makes it seem as though they rarely come off the road. To date, they have completed 8 national tours, and dozens of regional tours. They have toured as direct support for Ballyhoo! and co-headlined a tour with Bastard Suns, moving effortlessly between punk and reggae crowds who flock to Bumpin’ Uglies in equal measures. Their touring dossier is topped off with some major festival experience, including California Roots in 2014, the Rombello Cruise in 2013 and Warped Tour in 2012.
Bumpin’ Uglies have proven every existing maxim about hard work paying off in the last several years. Their DIY ethic coupled with their grassroots approach for building a major national fan base makes them the epitome of punk rock, but that description sorely sells their music short. Bold, a bit brash perhaps at times, but Bumpin’ Uglies name, their songs and their work ethic get a definite point across: they make music their way, enjoying a freedom that is easy to aspire to, but most difficult to achieve together with success. In this day and age of political correctness and people growing more uptight and offended by the minute, it doesn’t take long to realize that Brandon and Bumpin’ Uglies “Eff you/can do” attitude makes them stand separate and apart as a band. And their fans love them for it.