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The Great Communication Drive Of 2023

We have lots to talk about in 2023, and nothing infuriates the Ugly more than social media algorithms extorting money out of hard-working artists just to communicate with their deserved and worked-for fanbase.

Well, enough of this bullshit we say!

Please welcome The Son Of Ugly Mailing List.

If you can take less than a minute to sign up to the mailing list above this section we will then be able to contact you directly, thus sidestepping the constant censorship of our communication with you.

This will help with the much-requested vinyl Kickstarter campaign we've been threatening to unleash for several years now, as well as keeping you abreast of news relating to our forthcoming 2nd full-length album due this year, and any pre-orders that may occur.

Word of mouth is another aspect that is so important to any bands growth, so if you know anyone who would be interested in our bands' artistic ventures then please speak our name into their ears. An incredible amount of honest hard work and money goes into running this band, and the interactions we get from audiences and our fans is the fuel that keeps it moving. 

We are extremely self-aware of becoming annoying spam in your email inbox so we promise to use this privilege with the utmost taste and respect, and will only contact you when there are significant developments to report.

Lastly, in a show of appreciation, we will also be sending out exclusive free gifts to everyone on our mailing list in the coming months, which is something we aim to continue going forward with exclusive 'mailing list only' content you will not get on social media alone.

This website will also be updated with content, stories, and news far more often than the previous build, in a push to migrate control back into the band's hands from the problems that plague social media-based communication alone.


Demo tracking behind the scenes as SOU begin album #2

Hailsham Fm Green Light Fest special

Eastbourne Music Collective guest on the radio

Eastbourne Music Collective is a group that was formed by Bad Habit Rehearsal Rooms Eastbourne owner Drew Winter,  Caine Hemmingway, and a select bunch of Eastbourne based musicians (Including Son Of Ugly's Kyle Macleod) with the aim to regenerate an original live music scene in Eastbourne, something that has laid dormant for over a decade.

They've been putting on sell out shows at various venues in Eastbourne showcasing a real demand for live original music.

After several meetings with local venue owners, and council types, Green Light Music festival was born, which showcases the wealth of local original artists, bands and musicians.

The collective have been invited to appear on Hailsham FM this Saturday morning from 10am where they will talk and select music to play from Green Light Fest acts- Son Of Ugly being one of said acts to be played.  Tune in Sat 4th Feb 10am-1pm 95.5 FM Listen online or ask your smart speaker to "play Hailsham FM"

Two festival appearances announced!

The band announces Green Light Festival & Worthing Surf Fest slots

We're stoked to confirm we will be performing at the very first Green Light Festival Eastbourne- celebrating Eastbournes wealth of talented unsigned original acts. 

This marks the bands first ever Eastbourne show, which is essentially a hometown show for both Kyle and Tom who are locals to the town.

The festival is a multi-venue event, which sees S.O.U. performing a free show on Friday 24th Feb @ The Vinyl Frontier record shop/bar.

The festival kicks off on Thursday 23rd with a headline set by organ driven punks Torrid Horror.

Tickets for which are available here

Next up Worthing Surf Festival returns at the New Amsterdam. Free entry. Bands, dj's, beer, food. 2pm to closing. Bank Holiday coronation weekend. Sunday 7th May 2023. Bands playing: The Atom Jacks, The Eerie, Blue Spectre, Paul Groovy and the pop art experience, Horse Rock, The Tridents, Son of Ugly, the Squadron leaders, Gene Pool & the Shallows.

Here is a link to the event page on facebook

Happy New Year From Son Of Ugly!

We want to extend a massive thank you to you all for supporting Son Of Ugly in 2022.

It's been a fantastic year for the band, playing packed-out venues following the drought caused by lockdown, as well as performing at another Worthing Surf Fest & Headlining Off The Record Independent Music Fest's Main Stage.

We finally released our long-awaited remix e.p. 'Derailed', as well as physical CDs for both 'Invitation To Danger' & 'Derailed', and also celebrated launching our new website.

Most of all we had the pleasure of getting to meet and watch a bunch of amazing bands, whilst working with excellent soundmen, bar staff & promoters, and most importantly performing to some of the best audiences we've ever played to. Cliche as that may sound, after the tumultuous few years following the outbreak of the global pandemic, we truly are grateful to get to do what we do, and the interactions being a gigging band affords us. 

We are busy gearing up for 2023, which promises to be an even busier year for the band, as we embark on making album number 2 so stay tuned for sneak peeks, and tales of our adventures as we progress along the way.

We hope you had an excellent Xmas and New Year and let's all strive to make 2023 the best one yet x


Off The Record Fest 22 Turns Ugly!

We had a great time closing this year's Off The Record Independent Music Festival, playing to a boisterous Brunswick crowd.

Over 20 original bands descended on Hove's best grassroots venue for a day of inventive, fun, & talented artists hosted by Lights And Lines label.

By the time we took to the stage, the place was buzzing primed by electrifying sets from Scare Taxi, & Torrid A Love Affair.

The crowd did their best interpretive dances to our 3/4 waltzes, Pulp Fiction jives, and matched the band pound for pound with their bursting energy.

A thoroughly joyous end to a momentous year for us. 

Thanks to Yoanna Vaselinova & Rachel Macleod for the pictures. 

Happy Halloween From Son Of Ugly

Wishing all you freaks and geeks a happy weenie!

Artwork by Lewis Blunden