Watch The Video For Ultra Q’s New Track ‘It’s Permanent’
Ultra Q have shared their new single It’s Permanent, also one of the most memorable tracks from their new ‘Get Yourself A Friend’ EP, out on Royal Mountain Records on 19 November. What started as a demo became a stand out, with its infectious bass and singer Jakob Armstrong’s drawn out vocals. It comes with a distorted visualiser made by Armstrong and mixes old live footage with Penelope Spheeris’ film The Decline Of Western Civilisation. You can watch the video below.
Jakob Armstrong is Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s youngest son. Jakob began playing guitar at seven years old and honed his craft privately until about sixteen, playing in bands in and around Oakland after meeting friends with like-minded tastes in music. His band Ultra Q’s ‘Get Yourself A Friend’ EP marks the synthesis of his vision and his band’s ability, forged through an invisible existential threat and an ever-changing world, eager to show what they’ve found while we’ve all been inside during the pandemic.
The band has already had loads of attention from the likes of Rolling Stone, BBC Radio 1, SPIN, Consequence, Billboard, VICE, Kerrang!, Notion and Rock Sound. Their EP Get Yourself A Friend will be released on 19th November via Royal Mountain Records, also home to Orville Peck, Mac Demarco, Metz, Alvvays and more.
The band’s first single, Bowman, was about romanticising online relationships and the way in which Jakob grew up more connected to technology than people. The name of the song is in reference to the character David Bowman from 2001 Space Odyssey. The song was finished off by PUP’s Stefan Bacock. It also comes with a Wes Anderson style video that stars actor and model Noah Urrea.
Jaob Anderson says of Get Yourself A Friend, “It’s a coming-of-age farewell to our youth. It’s about being young and in love. Being reckless, and overstimulated. Feeling like the tragedies in your life are permanent and without any direction. We’ve grown up, even if it’s ever so slight.”