The Uglysuit

Quarterstick/Touch and Go

Soundtracking the grandiose and poignant scenes of life just became easier, now that local boys The Uglysuit have released their debut, self-titled album. The release is filled to the brim with skin-tingling crescendos, warm harmonies and waves of good vibes sparking out of the speakers.

Remember that ex-girlfriend who seemed gone forever, but a moment of clarity brought the courage needed to make things right? Need a song to express the tension just before the bursting release of emotion? Try the wistful “Chicago,” a nod to the town where the album was recorded. Slow, dreamy instrumentation and pensive vocals are the stuff that liberated kisses in the rain are made of.

Taking a long, lonely walk through a sleeping cityscape while reassessing your life’s direction? Need a song that ambles until that moment when all life comes into illumination? Check out “Brad’s House.” Plenty of timid melodies set up a power punch of swirling harmonies guaranteed to leave audiences a bit misty-eyed.

Uglysuit guitarist and vocalist Colin Bray said a series of doors swung open for the band after its “Welcome to Smileville” EP released two years ago. That brought the group to a Chicago recording studio built inside a vintage bank vault. After a couple of shows in the Windy City, the Oklahoma City six-piece was snatched up by Quarterstick Records.

Positive press from Paste, Rolling Stone and MTV.com preceded a summer tour with Iron & Wine, building momentum for a block party with Ratatat and Neko Case in Chicago, and forthcoming tours both home and abroad. 

The Uglysuit’s next local gig is Oct. 2 at the UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond with Fires of Atlas. Come revel in the emotionally charged tunes before they get appropriated by sappy teen dramas across the television dial.

—Charles Martin

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