Hold onto your hats as Ungus Ungus Ungus, Australia’s premier peddlers of vaudevillian psychedelia, strap you in for a rollercoaster ride of dance and mayhem. This is carnivalesque party music for the creatively inclined, traversing territory from high energy dance beats and bass to swing, jazz and hip-hop. Featuring a dynamic stage presence and a dash of seasoned carnie chaos, this cosmic circus is on a mission to make you boogie, gawp and expand your perceptual horizons.
NYE 2021-2022 saw the release of Constellations, the sixth studio album. Combining brand new material with revamped singles released over the last couple of years, it represents a fully realised vision of non-stop party energy combining playful, expressive instrumentation and vocals and a huge and driving electronic bottom end. Swinging guitars, soulful saxophone, wailing clarinet, sweet violin, and bold trumpet recorded through beautiful analogue equipment join some absolutely filthy synth bass and layered acoustic and electrionic drumkits to create a sound that is uniquely “ungus” – no other group sounds like this.
After a massive weekend at Port Fairy Folk Festival in 2020, the band joined every other performer in the world on an extended hiatus from the stage. They continued to produce new sounds and sights with the release of Alien Block Party in 2020, a single to follow the release of The Riddler earlier that year, a couple of thumping, swinging carnie-hop jams gearing up for the Constellations album. 2018 saw the release of Ungus camp’s fifth album, The Cosmic Carnival Part II: Ascension. Picking up where 2016’s The Cosmic Carnival left of, this album saw the band venture deeper on their exploration of future/vintage sounds. Incorporating a fusion of rich acoustic instrumentation with electronic grooves and the familiar mix of genre-bending party music, incisive concepts and the sounds of the carnival, it captures the band’s versatility and stylistic diversity, as well as their irrepressible creativity.
Ungus Ungus Ungus features a flexible lineup ranging from a large live band to a smaller soundsystem ensemble emphasising electronic production in tandem with live musicians. This has made them a favourite of both the electronic and folk festival circuits, with their theatrical bent taking them into the performing arts and circus worlds. Their list of appearances includes internationally regarded festivals across Australia and New Zealand, including Rainbow Serpent, Luminate, Port Fairy Folk, Illawarra Folk, Wangaratta Jazz, Hamilton Gardens Arts and the Western Australian Circus Festival, alongside a host of immersive parties and events.
With origins in facilitating and playing some of Sydney’s longest running underground events over the last decade, the Ungus camp are firmly rooted in grassroots musical culture and delight in collaborative creation. This tendency manifested in 2015 as the emergence from Ungus HQ of their Melbourne-based studio and label, Bandhaus.