Uglyhead is an experimental electro-rock project from the West Coast headed by sound designer/producer/songwriter Jake Alejo. The project has taken many forms throughout the years from highly structured collaborations to solo improv noise performances. Every aspect of Uglyhead is approached from an unconventional method in sound design and production. While Uglyhead albums never sound like perfect, sterile studio recordings they are always unmatched and have been built from the ground up using techniques unique to Alejo and crew.
Jake Alejo's experimental Uglyhead recordings started out circulating late night college radio shows and eventually lead to live performances and a full length album. In 2007 Automation Records released the Live Uglyhead Album "From time to time..." and the subsequent E.P.'s entitled "Inward" and "Outward."
In 2010 the more conventional sounding Uglyhead track "Sets in the East" was selected to appear on the video game "Greg Hastings Paintball 2" which is released on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii.
2012 saw the release of The Garden, a 3 year collabortive effort between Jake Alejo, Nick Katich (Palace of Worms), Patrick Huerta (...This Is How It Ends, He whose Ox is Gored) Jeremiah Smith (extraordinary pigeons), Jenson Charnell (Halcion Halo) and Taylor Izak (Stoneclover). The Garden is a concept album released in two seperate versions. A standard 10 song edition and a 2 disc, 16 song special edition. The Garden tells a bleak story and has been reviewed favorably for its disturbing and dizzying atmosphere.
Jake Alejo is currently planning live Uglyhead performances for 2014 and recording a new EP.
Uglyhead originated in the Pacific Northwest but is currently operating out of San Francisco.