Ultra Q share indie-synth pop new single 'Klepto' with animated video | Debut album 'My Guardian Angel' out 9th June via Royal Mountain Records





Share new single ‘Klepto’

Debut album My Guardian Angel

out 9th June 2023 via Royal Mountain Records


One of the most fascinating things a music lover can do is witness the growth of a young artist. It starts as an inkling or a glimmer of natural talent and expands into something vast and formidable.

Ultra Q are a four-piece from California, made up of Jakob Armstrong, Kevin Judd, plus brothers Chris and Enzo Malaspina, and today they share new single ‘Klepto’ taken from their debut album My Guardian Angel out 9th June via Royal Mountain RecordsPre-order here.

‘Klepto’ defined the place where this record came from and glued everything together. “It had to be on the album”, says frontman Jakob.

“Klepto was an older track that we resurfaced. When I was making those older demos, I was really into some Eastern European post punk bands. The demo I made was drowned in reverb and the drum machines sounded industrial.”

Armstrong continues, “I view this track as my jumping off point for the whole record. It’s the emotional thesis. I wrote it soon after several large traumatic events had occurred in my life and having something to work on was very therapeutic. It’s funny how I pretty much forgot this song existed until Enzo brought up the possibility of recording Klepto for the record. We jammed on it, and everything clicked. Hearing it again, and especially playing it together as a band, really transported me back to the place I was in when I wrote it.”

Ultra Q’s debut album My Guardian Angel was produced by Chris Coady ( TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House) and it offers a deep sonic palette to match Armstrong’s artistic ambition. Wildly vacillating between widescreen pop-punk (‘Klepto’, the impeccably titled ‘VR Sex’), romantic new-wave (‘Rocket’, ‘I Wanna Lose’), and shimmering synth-pop (‘I Watched Them Go’), the album displays Armstrong’s songwriting talents—along with the musicianship of Kevin Judd and brothers Chris and Enzo Malaspina—conceived and recorded for maximum impact.

Emotional growing pains, sleepless nights, the ethereal allure of romance, and the notion of sound being so closely attached to memory are all wrapped up in clever guitar interplay reminiscent of the band’s formative influences, but delivered in an identity all their own. The words are attached to feelings we think are going to slip away from us in the fading and tarnished pallor of adulthood; truth be told, those feelings emerge just as freshly the older we get.

Armstrong adds about the album, “I don’t think there is a direct narrative to the album. But I can speak to the place I was in when writing. The record is about loss, and isolation. It’s about dealing with traumatic, life sized events that you don’t know how to confront until you do. Working on this project was my way of dealing with things. I don’t always know how to put it into words, but it’s the process and the feeling that helped me. Whether it’s yelling my favorite New Order lyrics over and over (“Saturday”), or the double time ravaging of the drums in “VR Sex”. As cheesy as it may sound, writing this album was my guardian angel.”



And that is the gift of My Guardian Angel, the implicit understanding that growth is merely a tool we use to better process the past slipping away from us.

My Guardian Angelout 9th June via Royal Mountain Records

Pre-order HERE

Live Dates

03/16 – Ventura Music Hall – Ventura, CA

03/17 – Soma Sidestage – San Diego, CA

03/18 – Last Exit – Phoenix, AZ

03/22 – Treefort Festival – Boise, ID

03/23 – Holland Project – Reno, NV

03/24 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA

03/25 – The Ritz – San Jose, CA

03/26 – Strummer’s – Fresno, CA

My Guardian AngelOut 9th June 2023 via Royal Mountain Records

Pre-order HERE


1. Saturday2. VR Sex3 Rocket4. I Watched Them Go5. Web Web Web6. Klepto7. Slope8. Wrip9. So Very Emo10. I Wanna Lose11. Teether12. Dark Green