The Origin of Uglyography:
Current Location: The City of Hampton, Virginia
Current Time: The early 2010's
Matthew Thomas (Vocals, Bass) was never interested in time travel or leaving his turn of the century steam-driven town in Oregon. As an inventor of sonic patterns, his lifelong pursuit was the development of therapeutic frequencies for treating temperaments of mentally disturbed who had been committed to the frontier's filthy and torturous sanitarium. After years of testing, his most difficult and recluse patient finally responded to a frequency variation that caused the mute and lame outcast to stand tall, his knotted hair standing on its ends and his red eyes glowing with a brass-like sheen. Before Thomas was able to rejoice in his success, the patient locked eyes with him and muttered the word "UGLYOGRAPHY," at which time the inventor found himself flying and rolling through a vortex of dimensions into the 21st Century. Quickly realizing how commonplace mental disturbance had become amongst the general 21st Century public he began a new type of invention...
DJ Blake (Guitar, Vocals) is a Renegade Mennonite with a time traveling beard. As a young lad, he drew the ire of his Amish compadres who scorned DJ for having the thickest, fullest beard of all the young men. One day, DJ was shingling the roof of his father's barn despite the impending inclement weather. Lightning struck the very same weather vane to which DJ was tethered for safety. Fortunately, a time traveling engineer by the name of Jack Morgan was passing through on his way to the 21st century. Jack's time traveling jalopy was drawing energy from that very same bolt that struck DJ's weather vane. DJ was drawn into the time machine's path of travel and re-materialized when the time machine finally ground to a halt in 2011. Free from the constraints of his previous Amish lifestyle, DJ began to explore the world of electronics and quickly took a shining to the guitar. He forgave Jack for not properly maintaining his time machine, and joined him as part of a dynamic guitar duo that rounds out Uglyography's sound.
Albert Dimaggio (Percussion, vocals) hails from Dodge City, Kansas circa 1875. As an entrepreneur, Albert faired quite well as the proprietor of a string of saloons where ranch hands and rail yard workers could relieve themselves of their hard earned wages. Business was booming, but Albert's true passion was making music. He constantly worried that because of his status as an affluent businessman, no one would take his music seriously. Some nights, Albert would cleverly disguise himself as a drifter so he could play street drums for passersby without fear of being ridiculed. One evening, a man on his way home from work tossed a silver piece into Albert's cigar box-turned tip jar. Albert watched as the coin bounced around in the box and rolled in a few tight circles as it agonizingly slowed to a stop, resting on its edge, perfectly balanced. Albert couldn't believe what had just occurred. The universe responded by belching forth an inter-dimensional worm hole which sucked up poor Albert and deposited him in the early 21st century. He discovered Uglyography shortly thereafter and took up residence as their drummer.
Born in 1871 Jack Morgan (Guitar, Vocals) began adult life as a simple engineer. During his later teen years he worked with John Boyd Dunlop to develop the first commercially successful pneumatic tire in 1888. After the air was let out of that project Morgan went on to work with Rudolf Diesel. The year was 1892 and after tireless compressions and expansions the diesel engine was finally complete. With what may say are amazing achievements for a young engineer in his 20's Morgan wasn't finished yet. His next feat of engineering could only be later described by H.G. Wells in his novel the time machine. After completion this modern marvel was ready for its first real world test but after a faulty capacitor slowed his time travel to a crawl Morgan was forced to abandon ship in the 21st century where the sonic landscape of Uglyography drew his mind and his ears.
With the January 2013 release of Uglyography’s third album, Four Shafts are Uglier than One, a new chapter is unleashed in the saga of the time-traveling quirkadelic rock band from Hampton Roads VA . Since Uglyography has recently become a powerhouse quartet to be reckoned with, the music coming out of your machines is no longer the tinkering of one lone composer!
2005’s Love Boat and 2011’s Undercover New Machine were the product of solo artist Matt Thomas’ artful musical foundation and off-kilter songwriting. Matt widened the scope of Uglyography’s signature sound by recruiting the talents of keen multi-instrumentalists Albert Dimaggio, DJ Blake and Jack Morgan. This new musical configuration has brought an element of excitement to both the road show and the new recordings. Drawing inspiration from weirdo pioneer artists such as They Might Be Giants, The Pixies, Ween, Jawbreaker and many others, Uglyography’s fearless time-bending sonic architects have found a growing and enthusiastic audience in the Eastern United States through regular touring, each show another opportunity to hit the magical frequency combination that could open a wormhole back to their native 1870s.
Uglyography was named Best Local Band 2012 by Virginia Living Magazine and received three nominations at the Veer Local Music Awards in February 2012 for Best Band, Best Album (2011’s Undercover New Machine), and Best Video (My Brain). They have also been named Defenstration WHRV’s Band of the Month and have been broadcast regularly over the airwaves on 96x’s Local Music Show and WHRV’s Out of the Box, including a live radio performance. Television appearances include WAVY 10’s Hampton Roads Show, Cox Channel 11’s Sound Check, and Johnson City Tennessee’s Tha Soundboxx. The band also makes regular appearances on the music podcast YourMusicShow and has been written up on several occasions by newspaper publications The Daily Press, The Virginian Pilot, Veer Magazine, Pulse, and many others both in print and across the world wide web.
Uglyography’s foursome stays very busy between touring, performing at festivals and conventions, recording, creating original music videos, regular local performances, and trying to adjust to 21st Century living. They are one of the hardest working and most captivating bands in the 757 and their enthusiasm and passion is reflected in their ever-growing ardent fanbase.
For free music, videos, show schedule and much more information please visit www.uglyography.com.
A CONDENSED LIST OF PLACES UGLYOGRAPHY HAS BEEN FEATURED AS OF JAN 2013:
ConTemporal Steampunk Convention, The Daily Press, WAVY TV 10, MetaFest Music Festival , YourMusicShow, The American Theatre, Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Music Festival, AltDaily, Mekos’s Skate Shop, Veer Magazine, Jewish Mother Backstage, WHRV 89.5 FM Radio, Hampton and Norfolk Taphouse, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Olde Towne Tavern, Virginia Living Magazine, Hell’s Kitchen, Fantasy, The White Oaks Lodge, Pulse/VA Pilot, Mojo Bones, Meridian Coffeehouse, Geared Up Rock Bar, County Grill, Toured to 7 states in 2009 and 2012 including NY, OH, WV, TN, NC, SC and of course VA.