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Aural Pleasure Review: the Ugly Beats’ ‘Brand New Day’

September 2, 2014

uglybeatsbrandnewdayUgly Beats / Brand New Day / Get Hip / ***

For the Ugly Beats, making something old new again is like putting a smokin’ engine in your grandpa’s old, but totally classic VW bus from the Woodstock days. The veteran Austin quartet does just this with ’60s garage, updating the music without losing the original’s style. With high marks in ’60s rock ‘n’ roll (a popular class these days), the Ugly Beats provide the expected organ bangers like “Up on the Sun” and the power-pop of “Throw Me a Line.” Thankfully, the band keeps their revival fresh with the folk-tinged “If I Were A Carpenter,” a dynamic cover of Tom Harden’s ’67 hit.

 

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