No Ringo No Ready to Go

When Shonali Bhowmik of Ultrababyfat moved to New York in 2002, many thought the infectious pop band she co-founded with her longtime musical comrade Michelle DuBois was over. And why not? They'd already had a good run as one of Atlanta's best bands from the early '90s, releasing three well-received albums on local and national labels, toured with comedian David Cross, enjoyed network TV exposure and endured a stint on the Warped Tour.

In New York, Bhowmik began her legal career, formed the band Tigers and Monkeys, and honed her improvisational skills with the comedy troupe Variety Shac and several cameos on "Late Night with Conan O' Brien." DuBois went back to school, studied Spanish, spent time in Peru on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, worked as a legal assistant and concentrated most of her musical efforts on the charming Luigi.

"Well, I kinda thought that we'd get together again sometime," says DuBois, adding that although Ultrababy was on an indefinite hiatus, the duo separated by miles and projects, there was one thing that remained a dangling part of their career conversation: a fully recorded album from 2001. "We'd talked about putting it online, just so people could hear it." John Graham of Atlanta-based Two Sheds Music stepped in and offered to release the disc. Now, No Ringo No is ready to go, and the band will play a set Friday night at the Other Sound festival to celebrate its release.

Before the hiatus, the DuBois/Bhowmik UBF partnership was their main creative vehicle. Now that both have branched out, DuBois says it'll be fun to see how the band, which also includes Jeff Holt and Joseph Bilnski, has changed. "We've grown a little, I think. Before, we grew together; now we've grown as individuals."

So does this mean the beginning of a new chapter in the Ultrababyfat saga? She's not sure. "It's been fun to go back and listen to the record," she concludes. "If we can do some more shows [later on], and we're available, I know we'd love to, but for now this is it. We're just gonna have a good time with this one."



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