We don't always realize it here in the UK, but to musicians the rest of the world over we're the birthplace of piano driven rock music and when a US piano rock artist gets the urge to tour overseas it seems like a great place to come, at least that's what drove Hugo back here.
Has played across the USA from NYC to LA Hugo has performed at venues like the Viper Room, CBGBs and Schubas, festivals including MOBfest, the Red Gorilla Music Festival and the LAUNCH music conference topping it all off with multiple east coast, south and midwest tours. and now onto his 2nd UK tour.
Hugo has popped up on TV shows including performing live nationwide on FUSE and song placements with MTV's The Real World, Hugo's two EPs and full length album have met strong critical praise with Time Out NY noting the clever wordplay and production making comparisons to Todd Rundgren, Joe Jackson, Ben Folds and Mountains of Wayne.
"Elvis Costello Folds Five"
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"There's something charmingly old-fashioned about Jon Hugo Ungar's piano-driven pop songwriting on his EP, Low on Blood Sugar. Billy Joel, Todd Rundgren and Joe Jackson might all recognize a kindred spirit in Ungar's breezy feel, clever wordplay and intricately crafted retro production. Fans of Ben Folds, Fountains of Wayne and Maroon 5 would do well to lend an ear."
Time Out NY
"Hugo decided he needed to kill the traditional idea of a rock band. Sturdy piano rock tunes that sound like stream-of-consciousness Joe Jackson with the lyrical tone of a twenty-something Woody Allen. In the wake of other piano-oriented rock, like David Grey and Cold Play, Hugo offers us something different, and skillfully raw."
The Miami Herald