Ugly Kids Club may not be the most flattering of band names, but make no mistake: there is little ugly in the music by this up-and-coming Nashville duo. Comprised of Aliegh Shields and rock producer Steve Wilson (no relation to the prog musician of the same name), Ugly Kids Club is an ultra-catchy conglomeration of synth-pop and electro influences, very much a product of its synth-obsessed times. The duo’s new EP, Head Games, can be streamed below.
Wilson tells PopMatters, “We put a lot of time and development into this project and, we are so proud of where it ended up. We definitely feel like we branched out and let ourselves take influence from more of the pop and electronic world, through current artists we respect like Grimes, Drake, Sia, Zedd and Sky Ferreria. Head Games is definitely the best thing we’ve done so far, and we’ve loved the journey leading up to this point. We believe we’ve landed on something great that is really ‘us’ and we’re excited to see where it takes us and what’s next. For our fans and potential fans, we hope this EP connects with them, even if it is only to brighten their day for a few minutes, or 13 minutes and 43 seconds.”
Head Games EP, which is being self-released by the duo, is out on September 30th.