A refreshing blend of empowerment, indie college rock and modern bubblegum pop
Few bands speak truth to mundanity yet never lose a smile like My Ugly Clementine. The four-piece supergroup is backed by musical grandees of the Austrian scene: Sophie Lindinger is the band’s songwriter and mastermind, and is best known for her role in indie-pop duo Leyya. The quartet is completed by Mira Lu Kovacs (5K HD, Schmieds Puls), Kathrin Kolleritsch (KEROSIN95) and Nastasja Ronck (Lucid Kid). Together they offer a refreshing and refined indie pop-rock/ post-punk approach with groovy bass, joyful guitar hooks and catchy rhythms.
Due to the band member’s background, their first scheduled concert in Vienna in 2019 was sold out within hours, even before the first single ‘Never Be Yours’ was heard. This first single became an instant number 1 in the FM4 charts, and opened the doors to the most sought-after festival stages in their homeland and Europe (e.g. Reeperbahn Festival). The band’s debut album, ‘Vitamin C’, released in March 2020, is descended from 90s college rock with generous sunshine pop twists and serious lyrics, all delivered with a laid-back openness. Intimacy, the importance of being kind to one another, and the changing nature of our relationships in life – even the one with ourselves – are all in focus.
Messages like self-confidence (“Cause in my world we live along and care ’bout us” they sing in ‘Who’), and the stereotypes that women, and, in fact, all people, face in society (“just because I have smaller hands, doesn’t mean I can’t do what my male friends can”, they sing in ‘Playground’). My Ugly Clementine sooth us through their carefree sound, but it’s this raw and vulnerable look-in-the-mirror that really stuns us.