Tom Ugly

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Tom Ugly
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Background information
Birth nameTommaso Parisi
Also known as[is]
Born1991 (age 2930)
OriginSydney, Australia
  • Musician
  • producer
Years active2008–present

Tommaso Parisi (born 1991), is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter and producer. He formed the band [is], which was later renamed, Tom Ugly. By 2009 he adopted the performance name, Tom Ugly, for himself. He issued a self-titled debut extended play in August 2009, which reached No. 23 on the ARIA Physical Singles Chart.



Tommaso Parisi, [1] grew up in Sydney. He first earned attention at the age of sixteen, when his band, [is], won the inaugural Triple J Unearthed High competition in 2008. Their first radio-single, "Cult Romance", which he wrote, [1] went on to receive high rotation airplay and became one of Triple J's most-played songs, over the next year. It was later released as an MP3 with over 35,000 downloads.

He was selected as one of Triple J's feature artists for "Next Crop" in October 2008, [2] for the single "Roll Again". The Sydney Morning Herald printed a full page article on their daily issue, posing the question of whether his act might become Australia's "next Silverchair". [3]

The self-titled debut extended play, Tom Ugly, was released via Shock Records on 24 August 2009. [4] Four of its tracks were given high rotation on radio: "Cult Romance", "Roll Again", "Bad with Love", and "All I Wanna Know". It peaked at No. 23 on the ARIA Top 50 Physical Singles Chart. [4] It also No. 3 on the AIR Singles Chart, and received high praise from critics alike [5] [ better source needed ] By September 2009, the band's line-up comprised Tom Ugly as vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Mahli-Ann Butt on bass guitar, Peter Gabrielides on guitar, and Adrian Griffin (ex-28 Days) on drums. [6]

With the release of the EP, Tom Ugly toured Australia, playing festivals and supporting headline acts such as Groove Armada at the Hordern Pavilion and Sia at the Enmore Theatre, as well as Simian Mobile Disco, Grinspoon, The Grates, Children Collide, Art vs. Science, and Evermore. In 2012, he performed and recorded an exclusive show at Sydney's Apple Store soon after releasing singles "California" and "I Was Somebody Else", a collaborative single with Australian hip hop artist Pez. In 2014, he released the single and music video, "Slowly", which catalogues his time in Byron Bay recording of a large collection of upcoming, unreleased music. In 2018, he released singles "Villain" and "Elegant Flesh" and performed live at Supanova Expo [7] in Brisbane and Adelaide. In June, 2019, he released the single "They".


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