Aural Pleasure Review: the Ugly Beats' 'Brand New Day'




Ugly Beats / Brand New Day / Get Hip / ***

For the Ugly Beats, making something old new again is like putting a smokin’ engine in your grandpa’s old, but totally classic VW bus from the Woodstock days. The veteran Austin quartet does just this with ’60s garage, updating the music without losing the original’s style. With high marks in ’60s rock ‘n’ roll (a popular class these days), the Ugly Beats provide the expected organ bangers like “Up on the Sun” and the power-pop of “Throw Me a Line.” Thankfully, the band keeps their revival fresh with the folk-tinged “If I Were A Carpenter,” a dynamic cover of Tom Harden’s ’67 hit.




San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.