Oakland rockers Ultra Q are gearing up for the release of their debut album My Guardian Angel available June 9th via Royal Mountain Records. The full-length acts as a melting pot of influences from the alt-rock world, melding glitchy and electronic textures, driving ‘00s indie rock guitars, and new wave synth beds. Pre-order My Guardian Angel here.
The band has teased the record with their lead single, “I Watched Them Go,” - a track filled with robust synths, captivating melodies and poppy aesthetics. They followed in January of this year with their latest track, “VR Sex.” - which steers more toward Ultra Q's punk roots with thundering drumbeats and wailing guitars. Today, they’re back with a new single, “Klepto,” along with an accompanying video. Watch the video below.
“Klepto” combines the energy of punk and garage rock, centering on propulsive basslines and nervy drum machines. Showcasing indie guitar riffs with assistance from soft keyboard tones, frontman Jakob Armstrong's calming yet alluring vocals interlaces all sounds perfect.
“This was one of my favorite songs to make. 'Klepto' was an older track that we resurfaced for the album. When I was making those older demos, I was really into some Eastern European post punk bands. The demo I made was drowned in reverb and the drum machines sounded industrial. I view this track as my jumping off point for the whole record, it’s the emotional thesis. I wrote it soon after several large traumatic events had occurred in my life and having something to work on was very therapeutic. I think this song became a sort of anchor for me. It defined the place where this record came from and glued everything together.”
Ultra Q will be hitting the road for a quick west coast tour supporting Together Pangea kicking off Thursday March 16th in Ventura and ending March 26th in Fresno, CA. Purchase tickets here.
Listen to Ultra Q's music, check out tour dates + keep up with the band below!