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THE UGLY GUYS Still Twenty-Five In Your Head


Songs like the wistful country ballad “Neon Sky”, the country and western nugget that is “Plains Of Mexico” featuring nice Spanish guitar, the downhome hoedown of “Uncle Billy” featuring some pretty mean banjo and tasty acoustic guitar and the pure country drawl of “Wind Of Fate”, a heartwarming ballad, are decent enough tracks and make for pretty engaging country rock tunes.

Sea Of Tranquility (September 2015)

The Ugly Guys’ version of ‘White Line Fever’ is decidedly different to the Merle Haggard original. Here, the song is far more richly textured and works very well as an ensemble piece. As for the second anthem – and the title song – it is an encouraging affair for all those oldtimers out there who refuse to grow old and still rock out on a regular basis. ‘Still Twenty-Five In Your Head’ – and who listening to this CD ain’t still?

Music-News (July 2015)

Stand-outs include ‘Neon Sky’, Farrell’s joyful title track, the thoughtful ‘Where Did It Go Wrong’ (by Shuttleworth’s singer/songwriter son Harry) and a jumping take on Merle Haggard’s ‘White Line Fever’. Euphoric, combining the spirit of true country with the devil-may-care swagger that only Brits can manage.

Maverick Magazine (June 2015)

‘Still Twenty-Five in Your Head’ is the fifth album that The Ugly Guys have released since their formation in 2003 and it’s arguably their finest offering to date, blessed with a batch of effortlessly tuneful gems led by ‘Plains Of Mexico’, ‘Rose Tattoo’ and ‘Wind of Fate’.

Kevin Bryan, Regional Newspapers (June 2015)

…the quintet get down to ‘Plains Of Mexico,’ where Vic Collins shakes the dust with his mariachi strum-and-lace before Steve Oliver takes the strings to the bluegrass pastures of ‘Uncle Billy’ via a strange tempo bump and a Roanoke reference at the start of it. The ensemble aren’t lost like that colony, though, and are led by pedal steel. It shimmers throughout and shoots through the twang and piano of ‘Late Great Golden State’ and the mellifluous cover of Merle Haggard’s ‘White Line Fever,’ whereas ‘Where Did It Go Wrong’ has its bitterness sweetened with a funk riff underneath the melodic flow. (June 2015)

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THE UGLY GUYS Lost In The Badlands


…The quintet’s collective gun is clearly pointed at timeless target, what with country staple ‘Truck Driving Man’ that they beef up to rev up the final drive, and it might well be celluloid heroism in the likes of the mandolin-swirling boogie ‘A Man’s Gotta Do.’

Yet effervescent opener ‘The Hard Way’ kicks the saloon doors with just the right swagger, and ‘Your Alibi’ packs a parting punch rather than regret in the exquisite mariachi ringing of Steve Oliver’s acoustic guitar. High on humor, even the most smooth songs such as ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Pay’ make one’s ears prick and listen closely.

The GUYS’ delivery is more desert-dry than that of FLYERS, but in such company one wouldn’t get lost anywhere.****1/4 (August 2013)

Commercial success has largely eluded vocalist Paul Shuttleworth and pedal steel guitar ace Vic Collins…they’re now operating under the self-deprecating pseudonym of the Ugly Guys, delivering an easy-on-the-ear new Angel Air album whose highlights include ‘Heart River Falls’, ‘The Hard Way’ and a fine cover of the similarly under-appreciated Mickey Jupp’s Modern Music.

Kevin Bryan (July 2013)

…You know you’re in for a cover version when the song is about a ‘Truck Driving Man’. While the Terry Fell original is a lot more bluegrass/Appalachian folk orientated, including a fitting nasal twang by its singer, our five local cowboys managed to turn this into a country sizzler that comes over as seasoned as a taco tastes (I said taco, not burrito…). Great keyboards as well!

The Ugly Guys might not look like the hottest act to step out of a last chance saloon, but they sure deliver the goods with much gusto and bravado! (July 2013)

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