Chad Ubovich, a longtime fixture on the California garage punk and new psychedelic scene, moved from sideman to bandleader with the Meatbodies, whose sound is hard-hitting and full of potent guitar work, but also brimming with bent but pop-friendly melodies and hooks. The Meatbodies first came together in mid-2012, when Ubovich was playing guitar in Mikal Cronin’s road band. Ty Segall was impressed with Ubovich’s new music, and released a cassette-only collection of his home recordings on his own label, God? Records. The tape quickly sold out, and in 2013 Segall recruited Ubovich to play bass in his band Fuzz, but in 2014 he started putting his focus back on Meatbodies, and noted garage punk label In the Red signed Ubovich and his group to a deal.