Malachai • Beyond Ugly
Beyond Ugly is the last panel in the band's Ugly triptych and that it was completed at all came as a shock to all concerned, least of all the group. After the conclusion of the campaign for their second album, Return To The Ugly Side, members Gee Ealey and Scott Hendy drifted apart with no definitive plans to take up arms together. It was a chance meeting in Bristol that drew the two back into one another's orbit and to the realization that there was some unfinished monkey business.
Beyond Ugly recaptures the sonic stew of debut album, The Ugly Side Of Love, a potent brew of post-summer of love and some good ol' Bristol-fashion psychedelic comedown. However, there's a healthy dose of renewed restlessness and anger emanating from Ealey that permeates the album thanks to some spirited vocal performances, from the anthemic and vengeful soliloquy of ‘Sweet Flower’ to the civilly disobedient ‘I Deserve To No’.
Being a "musician's band” can be both a gift and a curse. Geoff Barrow of Portishead originally released The Ugly Side Of Love on his Invada imprint before the brigands at Double Six swooped in. There was no bigger proselytizer of Malachai's prowess than Kasabian’s Sergio Pizzorno, and both take their support a step further with guest appearances on ‘Dragons Ball’ and ‘The Love’ respectively.
With the trilogy complete, is this really where the Malachai story ends? As shown by the creative triumph of Beyond Ugly, sometimes it's best not to plan at all and just let it happen. We'll do our best to let you know when it does.