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Breaking: The Uglysuit

November 5, 2008 10:31 AM ET

Who: Six-piece Oklahoma City indie pop band the Uglysuit, who went from opening for the All-American Rejects and the Roots to headlining their own packed CMJ showcase.

Sounds Like: Bound by no genre, the sextet jump from from Brit-pop-style ballads like "Happy Yellow Rainbow" to atmospheric, jazz-tinged explorations on "Brownblue's Passing" to gorgeous piano-powered anthems like "Chicago" on their self-titled debut album.

Vital Stats:

• Led by frontman Israel Hindman, the group met at their Christian school and got their start playing in church bands before Hindman began fronting screamo and hardcore bands. "It was just a stage in our life. But eventually we just wanted to go from playing fast punk to really touching people's hearts," Hindman says.

• While the sextet is still in touch with their deeply-religious roots, the rock star life has slightly corrupted Hindman. "Smoking is a wonderful thing," Hindman says about his occasional joint. The band still participates in pre-gig prayer circles before most shows.

• As for their poorly dressed band name: "We've always enjoyed dressing in ugly suits from thrift stores," says Hindman. "Everyone tells us we look like old men. We figured why not just go out front with the idea?"

Hear It Now: The Uglysuit, the band's nine-song debut album, is available now. In the meantime, click above for acoustic performance of "Chicago."

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