Multi-talented, multi-faceted independent rock artist and wizard of fuzz Mike Ross releases another track from his rock-charged, 12-track album ‘Third Eye Open’ (due out on 28th April 2023). While some may explore ‘beautiful minds’, Mike looks to the ‘Ugly Brain’ with more edge, honesty and impact.
‘Ugly Brain’ is performed by Mike Ross (Guitar & Vocal); Derek Randall (Bass) and Darren Lee (Drums). Mike describes the track, with trademark flair, as “a leering and lugubrious barnstormer of a tune with lyrics that bemoan the duplicitous behaviour of ‘so-called’ friends and a super tight, locked down mid-tempo guitar boogie groove that the Young brothers would be proud of.”
Opening with drums and a wicked guitar hook and Mike’s sharp, flint-edged rock vocals, the song unfolds showing his skill with sound, structure and smart as a whip lyric in both verses and choruses, along with a storming crescendo of a guitar solo
Blues Matters called this track’s parent album ‘Third Eye Open’ “A full throttle no holds barred musical extravaganza” whilst Powerplay Magazine awarded the album 9/10, proclaiming, “It’s the hard-hitting songs… that really make this album an essential purchase.”
“Well, this is stunning,” said Fireworks Magazine, “Mike Ross seems to dance to his own tune and that allows him to add twists, turns and a dirty glitter ball too. ‘Third Eye Open’; seventh heaven achieved.”
“After the Uber authentic early 70’s’ feel of the Clovis 2 album,” Mike reflects, “ I really wanted a more modern, punchy sound for this record. ‘Third Eye Open’ is a real bone-shaker of a record: the fattest, nastiest, chunkiest thing I’ve ever done!
“There’s definitely been a feeling of coming ‘full circle’ on this album, bringing all my influences and material bang up to date and the final 12 track behemoth of a record is hands down the biggest, most cohesive and meaningful thing I’ve ever put out.”
To support the release of ‘Third Eye Open’, Mike will be taking his very latest material out on the road and performing it live throughout May.
Current dates include:
2nd May Tuesday Night Music Club, Coulsdon
13th May Stockton Blues Festival
16th May The Wrotham Arms, Broadstairs
24th May The Greys, Brighton
25th May Poole Hill Brewery, Bournemouth
26th May The Riverside Music Club, Gillingham (Kent)
Full details, along with booking facilities can be found at Mike’s website: mikerossmusic.co.uk.
Mike says, “I can’t WAIT to get out on the road playing songs from the new record: they’re super fun to play and I’m sure you’re all gonna LOVE ‘EM!”
“Authentic, prodigious, pioneering, all these adjectives and more apply to this amazing musician,” said Blues Matters. Check Mike Ross out for yourselves and experience the truth first-hand!
Check Mike’s website for full and further details of his touring and the album release options and offers. Digital pre-saves of the new album are available via https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/mikeross/third-eye-open
What’s more, for fans of physical media, pre-orders are now open for the ‘Third Eye Open’ CD and limited-run splatter 12” Vinyl, available from shop.mikerossmusic.co.uk, with these formats shipping in April.
Ugly Brain is now available to stream of download from all digital platforms https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/mikeross/ugly-brain-single-version