Ugly Kid Joe Streaming Comeback EP ‘Stairway To Hell’ Online
May 28, 2012
Californian rockers Ugly Kid Joe have returned after a 15 year hiatus with their new EP ‘Stairway To Hell’ EP. The EP is now avialable for purchase at www.uglykidjoe.net, and can be heard in its entirety below.
‘Stairway To Hell’, a 6-song EP which heralds Ugly Kid Joe’s return to the world of music after a long time away, contains songs spanning the full repertoire of influences which made Ugly Kid Joe one of the prime soundtracks for young snowboarders, surfers, keggers and characters worldwide. Whether it’s “Devil’s Paradise”, with it’s hypnotic riffery and hook line, grooving and grinding it’s hips seductively, the melodic power-fueled darkness of “No One Survives” or the irrepressibly memorable chug-n-chorus of “I’m Alright” it’s clear that Ugly Kid Joe have everything they started with plus fatter chops and a (frankly) superior curve on songwriting.
Ugly Kid Joe’s stratospheric rise came about soon after their formation in 1989, when childhood friends Whitfield Crane and Klaus Eichstadt decided to peruse the musical path in Santa Barbara, California. After signing to Mercury Records, the band released the EP ‘As Ugly As They Wanna Be’ in October of 1991, which went on to sell over a million copies in the U.S. alone becoming the highest selling debut EP of all time. In 1992 Ugly Kid Joe released ‘America’s Least Wanted’ which became a double-platinum phenomenon, saw the band tour worldwide supporting legends such as Ozzy Osbourne and Van Halen, and thus perform in arenas and stadiums worldwide such as Wembley. It also spawned the top ten singles “Everything About You” and cover “Cat’s In The Cradle” which all cemented Ugly Kid Joe as a flagship rock band who both engaged and entertained without any baggage; theirs was all about having a good, heavy-edged, time. Millions, it seemed, agreed. Two more albums were to come out, 1995’s ‘Menace To Sobriety’ and 1996’s ‘Motel California’, before Ugly Kid Joe decided to take a hiatus whilst Crane was on a journey through India (he also partakes of the successful Another Animal project alongside Godsmack’s Tony Rombola, Robbie Merrill, Larkin and Lee Richards of Dropbox).
At the time they called it a break-up, but looking back it was obviously just young men deciding to go on a hiatus, because when they finally decided that the coffee break was over and it was time to get back to goddam rock’n’roll, Crane, Eichstadt, dave Fortman, Cordell Crockett and Shannon Larkin picked up where they’d left off a decade-plus before as though only a couple of weeks had elapsed.
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