Over the last few months, Pretty City have been busy little bees. They’ve popped out a trio of singles – from the beautifully noisy Falling In And Out Of Love to the groovy Humbug-era Roll On. While their shoe-grunge sort of vibe isn’t a particularly new or unique phenomenon, they’ve managed to carve out a niche within the indie scene that comes closer to actual rock music. It’s good. In fact, it’s damn near exciting to hear a band this mature and polished making gazy music.
Psych rock with a tinge of glam? What’s not to love! Check out Pretty City’s latest single Flying, streaming first here on Happy.
Hot off the heels of these radical releases, we’re bringing you Flying. Recorded by the team behind such average acts as Kingswood and The Living End, this song does a great job of showcasing the degree of haze and fuzz that the band’s vibe represents, while cleaning it up enough to appeal to mainstream radio programmers. Cleaning up a shoegaze/psych act without creating something utterly average can be a tough job – just look at Sydney’s Deep Sea Arcade – so hats off to Jez Giddings on this one.
But like most noisy guitar music, it’s a totally different experience when you’re five beers down and standing in front of a PA wondering if you can sneakily smoke that doobie in your pocket without the seccys catching wind. Having supported the likes of British India, Saskwatch and Flyying Colours, rest assured that (unlike a few shoegaze bands I know) these guys will know where to set the knobs on their amps to sound half decent. Catch ’em at the dates below.
OCT 10 | REVOLVER UPSTAIRS | MELBOURNE
OCT 17 | THE BEARDED LADY | BRISBANE
OCT 23 | THE PHOENIX | CANBERRA
OCT 24 | MUM @ THE WORLD BAR | SYDNEY
OCT 30 | THE GRACE EMILY | ADELAIDE
OCT 31 | POW @ MYNT LOUNGE | WERRIBEE
NOV 1 | ALIA ART HOUSE | MELBOURNE
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