Have you seen Reality Bites? I was obsessed with this movie in my teens, and I largely blame it for my thinking that the life of a down and out twenty-something would somehow be glamorous and sexy (you realise that at 3 am when you’re standing in your underwear, shivering and spooning the last mouthful of kidney beans out of the can that its not). Anyway, if you’ve seen the film, you’ll remember Troy’s garage band Hey, That’s My Bike! Or maybe you won’t. But Melbourne band Pretty City do. In fact, they list the fictional band amongst their sonic influences, third to only the The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.
The seventeen year old in me (which is still probably 80% of my total) is going crazy for Pretty City. They’ve got the swelling crescendos of the Smashing Pumpkins, and the youthful angst of every other 90’s band. However, the influence remains just that – they’re not a 90’s revival band. Pretty City wear their inspiration on their sleeve(s), but have their own take on it – one that is modern and fresh. Pretty City are currently touring on their debut EP Heights, released earlier this month. Only two shows left!
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