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Seattle, Washington, United States | INDIE

Seattle, Washington, United States | INDIE
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"Uglyhead's first live album succeeds in injecting a heavy dose of grittiness into the band's electronic-heavy sound."

Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2007
By: Matthew Johnson
Assistant Editor

Uglyhead's first live album succeeds in injecting a heavy dose of grittiness into the band's electronic-heavy sound.

Jake Alejo started Uglyhead in Seattle as a home studio project, composing aggressive industrial tracks from loops, sequences, and samples. Performed with a live band, as on this recording, that material takes on a drastically different character, less bedroom studio fiddling than raucous garage noise explosion. While the electronics are still very much in evidence, particularly in the breakneck jungle beats of "Urp" and the slick stabs of synth sequences on "Stopped," there's an appealing dirtiness infused throughout From Time to Time... that makes it sound as though these tracks were originally composed by a rock band, not a single electronic composer. Alejo's vocal bellows are ragged and bloody, with guttural backing shouts from the rest of the band on "Lost Forever" giving a punk immediacy to the song's drum & bass onslaught and doom metal guitars, and after an introduction of rumbling bass synths, the drums on "Reachout" explode with a kick to the gut that really makes you feel like you're there. The live setting also gives Alejo and company more room for improvisation, which consists mostly of unexpected bursts of harshly distorted electronics, in keeping with Uglyhead's sonically confrontational aesthetic. There's room for subtlety too though, and as if to prove that there's more to his music than aggression, Alejo slips in a couple of cleaner tracks. "Deplore" starts with polished guitars and a mellow bass line before adding dissonance and distortion, and "Gone" is less about anger than angst, faintly reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails with its mixture of moody keys and tortured choruses. While no live recording can compare with seeing a show in person, From Time to Time... manages to come close, and the high production values on this album make it a perfect introduction to Uglyhead even for folks who usually eschew concert albums. - Regen Magazine

"Album Review"

From Time To Time (Live at the Vogue)
Automation Records

Electropunk? The Circle Jerks meet The Orb? What are Uglyhead up to? That
can only be answered on this furious live album. The main vein here is
old-school punk but backed by super-heavy electronics and guitars. This
album hits with all the intensity of a dump truck thrown off the top of a
building onto your house. It is not contrived. It is certainly not that
overwrought FM radio crap they call 'emo' punk. This is brutal, in your face
rock. The album's closer "Stopped" will have you pinned to the nearest wall
with it's intensity. An incredible recording.

December Issue - Gothic Beauty Magazine

"Album Review"

Title: From Time to Time...
Format: CD
Label: Automation records [ auto99 {at} automationrecords {dot} com ]
Jake Alejo plus four live musicians, a.k.a. Uglyhead, play a mean fast-paced electro-core. After their debut full-length CD entitled "EP", Uglyhead is back with a live album on Automation records, fruit of three night of live recordings in a Burlesque club heavily mixed and post-produced in the studio afterwards. The sound is a little marshy and not all the instruments breath as openly as they could/should have, but that might also be a conscious choice in the studio or the result of the unavoidable leakage on a stage.
If you consider that this is supposed to be a live band, Uglyhead does a pretty good job at sounding like a machine-derived electronic creature. The drums in particular are processed in a way (or triggered) that they sound like a re-worked drum machine. Under a cloud of guitars, analog synth lines, bass and distorted vocals (consistently mixed in too low), transpires a lean and in your face mixture of electronic music, metal, rhythm-noise, industrial, breakcore and power-noise.

""From time to time...""

When was the last time you heard anything in the "industrial music" vein (ala Ministry, not Neubauten) that got you really excited? Something that resonates like "Thieves" or "Tin Omen" (if you have to ask who wrote those and you're listening to CombiChrist, stop reading right now)? While most of the greats have either retired or moved on to make a buck via shitty EBM, Uglyhead is willing to pick up the torch of early 90s guitars/meets electronics, self-described as "the raw sound of garage rock/heavily layered electronic sequencing". This astoundingly produced live recording was captured (by guitarist/label-head Jeremiah Smith) over a series of nights in front of the Seattle drag queen troupe Vicious Dolls, a fitting venue and audience for the band's thrashing debauchery. The quintet cycles through this set of half-unreleased material, grinding guitars, pounding acoustic drum kits, working intricate digital programming, sprinkling in a little jazz and drum 'n' bass here and there (check out the Mingus-esque bass breakdown on "Yes") and focusing on solid textures of miniature chromatic harmonic progressions while vocalist/programmer Jake Alejo screams and growls above the pandemonium. The songs are as relevant as they are nostalgic and form the perfect mix of dynamic shifts for those who still care about musicianship while banging their heads. - SLUG Magazine

"Uglyhead "From time to time...""

Eccentric release here. Cooing ambient strains with barely discernible structure give way to pounding industrial rhythms, with dissonant shouts icing the fuzzy amplified cake. Second track "Corners" takes a slightly more conventional turn, as its electronic feel gives birth to an angsty Ministry vibe. Rough, atonal guitars slash through an electronic-sounding wash of drums and keyboards throughout this CD, with alternating passages of rock-oriented shouting and chugging. A wildly eclectic ride that veers schizophrenically between raucous industrial metal and electronic drone, this is clearly aimed at the musically adventurous. This recording was an ambitious venture, and one can only wonder if the band will aim for some sort of cohesion on further releases, or further pursue the Zorn-ish avant garde tendencies so readily apparent.

- Daredevil Magazine

"Uglyhead "E.P""

I recently sat and consumed much caffeine with Jake Alejo, the man (freak) behind Uglyhead. I had never heard of Uglyhead before meeting Mr. Alejo, and meeting him before hearing his music certainly set the stage for a surprise.. You see, Jake Alejo is absolutely nothing like his music. He is a quiet person, subdued yet sardonic, intelligent and of strong opinions. Uglyhead, on the other hand, is a grunting pig of bitterness and anger, all attitude and bludgeoning spite. This is one project that is perfectly suited to it's title. Carrying high the flag of punk-rock, Uglyhead comes across with as much raw passion as a bare-knuckles fighter. Listening to this EP could be loosely compared to fistic amputation... Can you picture having a limb punched off? Slap this cd on and see if it doesn't become easier to envision. There is no posturing with Uglyhead, none of the affected angst that so many of today's 'industrial' bands wear on their sleeves. Not casual background music, Uglyhead is what you put on after you've had a shitty day and want to vent. It also works as music to frighten the neighbors with. If you're tired of the same old slick EBM, give Uglyhead a spin... Nothing like a little self-inflicted abuse. Definitely worth having. - Starvox Magazine


1998 - "Sea of Delusions" Carmel Pepper Records Comp

2000 - "E.P." sarcastically titled LP

2003 - "Notes from thee Real Underground 3"
Invisible Records comp

2007- "From time to time..." Automation Records full length

2007 - "Inward" mini album, Automation Records

2007 - "Outward" mini album, Automation Records



In 1997 Jake Alejo set out to create an experimental music project that fused the raw sound of garage rock with the unlikely partner of heavily layered electronic sequencing. Through the use of unconventional recording techniques and extensive one-man multi-tracking, the first demo dawning the name of Uglyhead was created. The demo made its way to college radio specialty shows and immediately found an audience willing to embrace the harsh and visceral music.

As the Uglyhead recordings grew in popularity Alejo assembled a band of local musicians from the Pacific Northwest. Many shows followed containing re-workings of the original recordings that revealed a side of the project that was even more aggressive and abrasive than what was contained on the demo.

In 1999 Jake hand selected a team of musicians to aid in the recording of the first Uglyhead studio album. He wanted to maintain a rough edge to the album to go against the grain of all the slick electronic albums being produced at that time. In order to get the desired effect, Jake took on the daunting task of making an electronic album without the use of computers. The end result was a bludgeoning mix of analog synths, acoustic instruments and outboard samplers. The album sarcastically entitled "E.P" was released with 11 tracks in 2000 and well received by both fans and press.

Uglyhead went on to play many supporting shows for the album and continued to rework the studio versions of the songs for live presentation. After appearing on various compilations it was becoming more apparent that there was a huge difference between listening to a recording of Uglyhead and hearing the project Live.

The next step for Uglyhead was to record and release the live album "From time to time...". The album captures a moment in time in the constant evolution of the Uglyhead live performance. Alejo and crew extract a combination of previously released and album exclusive material that explodes out from waves of harsh and ambient noise. "From time to time..." is a way for Uglyhead fans to relive the unique experience of hearing Uglyhead live as well as a document of Uglyhead’s continued development and an indication of the musical boundaries that they continue to push.

"From time to time..." was released by Automation Records in December 2006. To kick off the album the band held a CD release party at the Pacific Science Center Laser Dome in Seattle. Fans were able to hear the album accompanied by a laser light. All attendees were also able to attend a live Uglyhead show at a Seattle club right after the laser show was finished.

Uglyhead recently finished up a Western US tour in September and has just released two mini albums entitled "Inward" and "Outward" through Automation Records. A new studio album is currently being written and recorded by Jake Alejo with both new and old Uglyhead participants. A full US tour is currently being planned for September and October of 2008.

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