California four-piece Ultra Q have released their new EP Get Yourself A Friend today via Royal Mountain Records. Fronted by Jakob Armstrong and featuring brothers Enzo and Chris Malaspina as well as Kevin Judd, the new EP was co-produced by Armstrong and Martin Cooke (Of Monsters And Men, Death Cab For Cutie, Destroy Boys) and features songwriting from Stefan Babcock, lead singer of PUP.
Ultra Q have also shared the official music video for the title track, which was shot by Pennacky, the Japanese director behind all the music videos for 88Rising’s soundtrack for Marvel’s Shang-Chi And The Legend Of Ten Rings. Upon meeting, Armstrong and Pennacky immediately connected on their love of The Cure and a deep-cut video that inspired Pennacky to attach the camera to a rope for the new visual. Pennacky is also an avid fan of the Ultraman Sci-Fi series and drew from the original plot to shape the story of the video.
On the single, Armstrong says, “I think this track sums up what this EP is supposed to be, 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.”
he EP includes other singles ‘Bowman’ (video here), ‘Handheld’ (video here), and ‘It’s Permanent’ (video here), and as a whole, Get Yourself A Friend marks the synthesis of a songwriter’s 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 were all inside.