UGLY KID JOE Release First New Album In Almost 20 Years

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After a 19-year hiatus, raucous rockers UGLY KID JOE are set to return with a new full-length album entitled, Uglier Than They Used Ta Be.

The album, which was recorded at JT Studios and Balance Studios in Louisiana under the helm of producer and UKJ guitarist Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Godsmack, Evanescence), is scheduled for release in North America October 16th via Metalville/UKJ  Records.

Whitfield Crane (Vocals) and Klaus Eichstadt (Guitars) teamed up with Sonny Mayo (Guitars), Shannon Larkin (Drums), Zac Morris (Drums), Cordell Crockett (Bass) and Dave Fortman (Guitars) to form the now 7-member line up a.k.a. “Seven Headed Monster” (pictured below) and write and record in the studio. The result is the most cohesive sounding UGLY KID JOE record to date.

The chemistry flows so well throughout this new release, it’s as though they never left. Uglier Than They Used Ta Be boasts a collection of well-crafted rock tunes, from the riff driven ‘Let The Record Play’ to the hard-hitting ‘She’s Already Gone’ and ‘Hell Aint Hard To Find’, the album offers up a collection of some of the best songs ever written by the band.

“It’s a full circle of sorts,” says Crane. “There was a lot of love and talent in one room and that is exactly what this album sounds like.”

Uglier Than They Used Ta Be Tracklisting:

1. Hell Aint Hard To Find

2. Let The Record Play

3. Bad Seed

4. Mirror The Man

5. She’s Already Gone

6. Nothing Ever Changes

7. My Old Man

8. Under The Bottom

9. Ace Of Spades (feat. Phil Campbell of Motörhead)

10. Enemy

11. Papa Was A Rolling Stone

In addition to the nine newly written original songs, the album features a couple of cover songs including Rare Earth’s version of ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’ with Australian chart-topping vocalist Dallas Frasca lending her unmistakable vocals behind Crane, and the Motörhead classic ‘Ace of Spades’ with a very special guest appearance from Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell who lends his signature sound to the timeless track. Campbell also appears on the tracks ‘My Old Man’ and ‘Under The Bottom’.

This September the band will head to the UK for an intimate tour finishing with two shows at the Underworld in London.

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Having first garnered success with the song “Everything About You,” which peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 100 Singles chart [enjoying 20 weeks on the charts] and was later used in the movie Wayne’s World, the group’s debut E.P. As Ugly As They Wanna Be sold two million copies making it the highest selling debut E.P. of all time.

The positive response to the band’s live performance of Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle” prompted a studio version and was subsequently released as a well-received single that sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone and spent 20 weeks on the BB Top 100 Singles chart, peaking at number six.