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Baltimore Sound Document

Reflex of Purpose by Ugly Urges

2022, self-released

Formed in mid-2020 as an effort to avoid self-destruction, Ugly Urges is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist June Jollay, a Baltimore punk mainstay and former member of BustDown, Lover’s Touch and Heavy Temple.

Starting 2022 shattered, Reflex of Purpose became part of Jollay’s process of gluing herself back together, the title taken from Darwin’s term for an animal’s reason for living. Recording in her bedroom behind the Harford Road Hip Hop Fish & Chicken with scavenged equipment, on Reflex Jollay blends droning strings into an anguished take on goth and post-punk with touches of krautrock and extreme metal.


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