Ugly Clinic are a UK based punk-rock band.
How would you describe your music?
Ugly Clinic’s music is a multi-generational, individually inspired Punk/Rock. We are a range of ages and tastes and we blend them together to create catchy songs that you can sing and rock out to.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
The band was started a little over a year ago by the two oldest members, Davie (Bass) and Pete (Guitar) who were originally in a band in the early 2000’s playing 80’s punk. Within a few months Richard (Guitar), Jed (Drums) and Chloe (Vocals) joined and thus began our 9-month journey to where we are now. Numerous gigs played and an album recorded.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
We all have different musical influences and heroes, although we all share a love and passion for Punk and Rock music. Pete and Davie (The Clash, Killing Joke) are inspired by the early Punk, Jed and Chloe hard rock (Slipknot, Motorhead) and Richard more so Classic Rock (AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses)
What inspires you?
Nothing inspires us more than seeing/hearing a crowd react to our music. It doesn’t even have to be a big crowd, just one or two people really getting into our music comes with a buzz that you can’t really explain. It gives us that drive to keep going!
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We’ve actually never been on the road properly yet. At the moment, when it comes to writing, it’s an individual process at home to start with, before we take it to the garage to practice and put our own individual spin on the track that’s been written.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Our favourite would definitely be Just So You Know. It was the first song that we ever released and it always seems to get a positive reaction from the crowd. Its fast enough to get you moving and a great sing-a-long.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
There’s no place like home! There’s something about Punk/Rock music and Britain that’s never died from the old days We’d love to do a tour all over Britain playing in some of the legendary venues, with maybe a cheeky slot at Download and Rebellion festivals.
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
The music industry is great. It’s now easier than ever to get your music out there. The hardest part of it though is actually getting heard. It’s a giant ocean of music on the streaming platforms. But we are incredibly passionate about what we do and the music we create that we’re determined to push through!
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Our weirdest experience to date would most definitely have to be playing at The Market Bar, Inverness. The venue very tiny with the smallest of stages. We had to play with the drums in front of the stage (which Jed was happy about), three of us stood behind him squeezed onto the stage and Pete stood on a bench to the left of the drums. Definitely the weirdest gig set up we’ve ever experienced but it was also the best gig we’ve played to date. The crowd were brilliant from start to finish. It was a fantastic intimate gig that I’m sure we’ll never forget.
What are your future plans?
We have just finished recording our debut album that we are currently releasing bit by bit. We were hoping to be promoting it with gigs also, but because of this stinking virus kicking about, all that’s been put on hold. Once all that’s been and gone though, we want to get back out there gigging. Hopefully even get a mini tour organised. This is only the beginning of our journey as a band, we’ve got a whole lot more to do!