Artist info

Genre

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Rock, Roots


Sounds like

Gogol Bordello, Mr Bungle, Frank Zappa, Primus


band members

Max Schollar-Root (guitar, keys, vocals, production), Niki Shi (vocals), Ben Reah (drums), Lindsay Miller (bass), Matty Lee (saxophones), Ingrid Homburg (violin), Brendan Jones (trumpet), Josh Gluck (clarinet), Pete Edney (flute).


Influences

Beats Antique, Gogol Bordello, Mr Bungle, Frank Zappa


Bio

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 mind-tickling on-stage antics and a bold visual presence, their cosmic circus is on a mission to make you boogie, gawp and expand your perceptual horizons.

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 newest album that sees 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, 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 co-creation. This tendency manifested in 2015 as the emergence from Ungus HQ of their Melbourne-based studio and label, Bandhaus.

Review

Review by Fonz Whaler Fonz Whaler

28 Dec 2017

Super Reviewer
40

This is so strange and fanciful, I love it in a very confusing way. It's like of Dr. John joined a circus in hell that wouldn't take any of his shit, and he loved it. Super keen to hear more.

This is so strange and fanciful, I love it in a very confusing way. It's like of Dr. John joined a circus in hell that wouldn't take any of his shit, and he loved it. Super keen to hear more.

Review

iplaybass

02 Jul 2013

50

HAHAHAHAHAAHA!!!!! Rad! I love this track, and it has been going around in my head nonstop since i heard it. So much attitude.... :)

HAHAHAHAHAAHA!!!!! Rad! I love this track, and it has been going around in my head nonstop since i heard it. So much attitude.... :)

Review

FruitDoll

14 May 2012

30

A cleaner recording would do this tune a whole lot of favours, but OH MY GOD, FUN. What a magnificent bundle of gypsy-funk-jazz-polka-punk fueled MADNESS!

A cleaner recording would do this tune a whole lot of favours, but OH MY GOD, FUN. What a magnificent bundle of gypsy-funk-jazz-polka-punk fueled MADNESS!