Zand is an artist for the current age of global uncertainty. Their material is less about fearlessness in the face of conflict and instability, but about what can be created when that fear is embraced and uplifted. Ugly Pop is what happens. The Blackpool-born artist – real name Zander Sweeney – coined the term “ugly pop” to describe not just their malevolent sound, but an unflinching commitment to facing down demons of all forms, no matter how frightening. Seeking to infiltrate the popular music sphere as a means to tackle topics that many would consider too uncomfortable for mainstream with their songwriting, ZAND decides to grab “pop” by the balls and redefine the label as we know it: transcending even the genre-blurring standards of current mainstream chart-toppers.