sludgy garage pop
For Fans Of... Breeders, Black Sabbath, Hop Along
The Ultrasounds are a sludgy garage pop band based out of Winona, MN comprised of 3 chicks and one dude who surprisingly is not the drummer. Megan Hanson is the primary songwriting force in the group as well as lead vocalist. Her songs are complimented by Todd Hanson’s deafening yet melodic guitar work paired with a rhythm section of Courtney Berndt’s doomy low-end and Amber Fletcher’s big drums—making up for her diminutive stature. Their sound is a wall of noisy guitars and feedback juxtaposed with Megan’s frail but poignant melodic vocal delivery. This combination has worked well for the past decade to set them apart from the pack and culminates in a unique blend of indie rock, post-punk, stoner metal, and garage grunge that remains accessible to a wide variety of listeners—as long as those listeners aren’t a bunch of tasteless squares.