with video by director behind 88Rising x Marvel’s Shang-Chi
(EP Get Yourself A Friend artwork | Download here)
Praise for Ultra Q: "Ultra Q are a band I'm feeling particularly excited about and on this, they show us exactly what they're made of and how they can influence the future of Indie Rock." - Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 1
“Get Yourself A Friend sizzles with the sound of the ’00s garage rock revival” - Kerrang! Magazine
“It's a frantic, fun and fantastical start to this new chapter on their fascinating musical journey.“ - Rock Sound
California four-piece Ultra Q have released their new EP Get Yourself A Friend today via Royal Mountain Records. Fronted by Jakob Armstrong and featuring brothers Enzo and Chris Malaspina as well as Kevin Judd, the new EP was co-produced by Armstrong and Martin Cooke (Of Monsters And Men, Death Cab For Cutie, Destroy Boys) and features songwriting from Stefan Babcock, lead singer of PUP.
Listen to Get Yourself A Friend HERE
Ultra Q have also shared the official music video for the title track, which was shot by Pennacky, the Japanese director behind all the music videos for 88Rising's soundtrack for Marvel’s Shang-Chi And The Legend Of Ten Rings. Upon meeting, Armstrong and Pennacky immediately connected on their love of The Cure and a deep-cut video that inspired Pennacky to attach the camera to a rope for the new visual. Pennacky is also an avid fan of the Ultraman Sci-Fi series and drew from the original plot to shape the story of the video.
On the single, Armstrong says, “I think this track sums up what this EP is supposed to be, a coming-of-age farewell to our youth. It’s about being young and in love. Being reckless, and overstimulated. Feeling like the tragedies in your life are permanent and without any direction. We’ve grown up, even if it’s ever so slight.”
Watch the video for ‘Get Yourself A Friend’ HERE
The EP includes other singles ‘Bowman’ (video here), ‘Handheld’ (video here), and ‘It’s Permanent’ (video here), and as a whole, Get Yourself A Friend marks the synthesis of a songwriter’s vision and his band’s ability, forged through an invisible existential threat and an ever-changing world, eager to show what they’ve found while we were all inside.
(‘Get Yourself A Friend’ Screengrab - Credit: Pennacky | Download Photo here)
Debut EP - Get Yourself A Friend - Tracklisting 1. Pupkin 2. It’s Permanent 3.Bowman 4. Straight Jacket 5. Handheld 6. Get Yourself A Friend
About Ultra Q: Not to add to the deluge of artistic clichés brought on by the Global Event Which Shall Not Be Named, but spending more or less a year in the house offers plenty of time for reflection, reevaluation, and revision. Though there was a lot to process already in those months, it was an opportune time to try and get your shit together, whatever that may mean for you. For Jakob Armstrong—in addition to many other things like the rest of us—part of it meant fine-tuning a collection of songs first recorded in late 2019. A prolonged process leading to five of the seven songs on Get Yourself a Friend retooled into their better-than-even final form.
Jakob Armstrong—youngest son of Green Day frontman Billie Joe—began playing guitar at seven years old and honed his craft privately until about sixteen, playing in bands in and around Oakland after meeting friends with like-minded tastes in music. Soon enough, with the memories of Ultraman action figures fighting in his mind, he and a group of friends he cultivated from those years playing around and pouring over records, formed Ultra Q (its name inspired by an Ultraman prequel series).
Opening double-shot ‘Pupkin’ and ‘It’s Permanent’ soar to the heights of Ultra Q’s powers in much different ways; the former a black-clad romp through a rainy graveyard, the former pushing straight to the clouds with its soaring chorus. ‘Straight Jacket’ veers pleasantly close to the jangle-pop of the Go-Betweens. ‘Bowman’ features guitars like cats getting into a scratch-fight while an astoundingly metronomic drumbeat is played live rather than punched out on a beat pad. Closing the EP is its title track, an affecting end credits anthem full of nostalgia and a twinge of regret.
As a whole, Get Yourself a Friend marks the synthesis of a songwriter’s vision and his band’s ability, forged through an invisible existential threat and an ever-changing world, eager to show what they’ve found while we were all inside.
Produced by Martin Cooke (Of Monsters And Men, Death Cab For Cutie, Destroy Boys, etc), Get Yourself A Friend will be Ultra Q’s third EP release; their previous two, In a Cave in a Video Game and We’re Starting To Get Along, saw the band gain praise from the likes of Rolling Stone and Vice.