Band of the Day

2015.01.25

Ugly Kids Club

Sunny and whimsical electro-pop from a Nashville-based duo
I know that you want, want me by your side. 
But you hold me like you're slowly letting go.
lyrics from Head Games

Ugly Kids Club is made up of bright, yet haunting vocalist, Aliegh Shields, and Grammy-nominated rock producer, Steve Wilson. Experimenting with all the little sounds they love, from whimsical soundscapes to lush 80s synths, the Nashville-based duo crafts electro-pop driven tunes for ultimate enjoyment. To sum it up, think pop-grunge band formed by Madonna, Andy Warhol and M83.

The pair formed in 2011 over their love for minimalist rock duos like Sleigh Bells, Crystal Castles and The Kills. At the time, Steve was producing projects such as The Juliana Theory and Jonezetta, while writing, producing and playing in his own bands, The Class of ‘98 (The Militia Group) and Hether (Interscope Records). Aliegh, who was fresh out of high school and new to Nashville, was a guitar playing songstress with a solo development deal of her own. Already acquainted through Aliegh’s brother, Wilson came on to produce her solo tracks. In no time at all, the two uncovered a mutual desire to form a band and switched gears to create Ugly Kids Club. They were able to grab ahold of their own sound that encompassed a move toward the electronic pop genre while still paying tribute to their rock influences.

Ugly Kids Club’s self-titled debut EP earned them recognition in over 50 music blogs, a Hot 100 Band in Music Connection Magazine and spins on Sirius XM U radio. After a slew of shows with bands like Five Knives, Tesla Rossa and Coin, UKC set their focus on a new slew of songs for their latest upcoming EP.
 Teaming up with Madhouse Management, Ugly Kids Club happily announce their first single "Good Love", released by Vinyl Mag August 12, and "I Wanna Be Bad", premiered by EW.com. The entire album "Head Games" is available in-stores and for download as of September 30, 2014.