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NEWS: SUMMER OF UGLY

Ugly Kid Joe are BACK! Not just sneaky appearances, rumours and the odd leaked photo either. No, no, no – we mean back with new goodies. Now it’s tangible, now it’s listenable, now it’s watchable.
In what seemed like a mysterious opening gambit from the mighty ‘Joe in the last months, has turned into an all-out assault on our senses. The last week has seen the release of their first single in over 15 years Devil’s Paradise (and of course the accompanying video) and there’s also a 7 minute long EPK video regarding the band’s reunion and making of the new EP. All in HD. All top notch.
But it doesn’t end there! May 24th also saw the downloadable release of the EP Stairway To Hell. Their first EP since their debut As Ugly As They Wanna Be in 1991, and their first release of new material since 1996’s Motel California.

So if you haven’t heard the EP yet, you might wonder what you’re missing out on. Well, frankly, you’re missing out on the release of 2012. And for us, this is enough said. Will a review turn up on these pages? It’s a conundrum, since of course it would be entirely bias and honorably receive 10 out of 5.

What are the facts? Well they’re no longer using their Evilution Records monikor, but luckily the negatives end there. Here’s the rest: Stick this in your fusebox as a certain Bon once said.

STAIRWAY TO HELL
(UKJ Records. Digital: June 5th, physical: July 9th)


1. Devil’s Paradise
2. You Make Me Sick
3. No One Survives
4. I’m Alright
5. Love Ain’t True!
6. Another Beer

 

Press Release:

Stairway To Hell heralds UGLY KID JOE‘s return, containing 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 its hips seductively, the melodic power-fueled darkness of No One Survives or the irrepressibly memorable chug-and-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.”

Devil’s Paradise video is here.
Stairway To Hell EPK video is here.

Looks like Shannon’s mentioning of You Make Me Sick was also a song that made the cut, and it doesn’t dissapoint! On an even higher note, all the songs sound perfect alongside any Menace To Sobriety-era shenanigans, and the signature lead breaks are back there, after being missed overall from the Motel California sound. This is the return that everyone wanted to hear, and after a lot of dismissing from fans regarding the radio-leaked Love Ain’t True, you’ll find that when you listen to the EP in order, it fits like a fucking glove. Stairway To Hell is on the Wolf playlist. All day. Everyday.

Well done to the ‘Joe’s for bringing back their music to the masses! One week until the tour starts, and I Am The Wolf will be there for insider reports, chance meetings and beer price announcements from Europe.

TOUR BREAKING NEWS:
In case you haven’t done your homework, drummer Shannon Larkin will NOT be joining the boys on the road! It’s with a heavy heart we announce this, but no-one else seems to have mentioned it. Of course, nothing is official yet, nothing from the main source that is. But when you look at Godsmack’s conflicting tour schedule it seems obvious.
Replacement drummer will be the hardworking Yael a session musician who has worked alongside Alice In Chains, Fishbone, Roy Mayorga and many more. She has some big shoes to fill (yep, that is indeed a she!) but we can only assume was recommended by Roy himself, in which case she must be pretty fucking good.

Here are the dates:

JUNE

June 6th – London, UK – Camden Underworld – SOLD OUT

June 8th – Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival

June 10th – Donington, UK – Download Festival

June 12th – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg (w/ Puddle Of Mudd)

June 13th – Paris, France – Forum De Vaureal (w/ Puddle Of Mudd) – SOLD OUT

June 14th – Bochum, Germany – Matrix (w/ Puddle Of Mudd)

June 16th – Cologne, Germany – Die Werkstatt

June 18th – Berlin, Germany – SO38

June 19th – Munich, Germany – Feierwerk

June 20th – Vienna, Austria – Szene Wien

June 22nd – Milan, Italy – Gods Of Metal Festival

June 23rd – Basel, Switzerland – Earshakerdays Festival

June 24th – Dessel, Belgium – Grasspop Festival

June 26th – Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerne Music Bar

June 27th – Innsbruck, Austria – Hafen

June 29th – Belgrade, Serbia – Belgrade Calling Festival

 

JULY

July 1st – Bucharest, Romania – Rock The City Festival

July 3rd – Tel Aviv, Israel – Park Hayarkon

July 6th – Istanbul, Turkey – Istanbul Festival

July 8th – Sofia, Bulgaria – Sofia Rocks Festival

 

– You are the attentive reader, I Am The Wolf.