Pretty City Bio –
The three piece Melbourne lads combine Smashing Pumpkins-esque fuzzed out guitars with washy, reverb drenched vocals to produce a dreamy yet powerful rock sound. They say they are influenced by Trent’s band from the iconic 90s film Reality Bites, and aspire to be like Mystic Spiral from Daria.
2016 has been massive so far. The band’s inaugural voyage to this year’s SXSW (2016) saw them capitalise on their undeniable buzz. As well as scores of press reviews and interviews, their festival culminated in their official showcase reaching venue capacity to rave reviews from blogs Glamglare, Noisy, the AU Review, as well as SXSW punters who came out in droves to see the Melbourne trio throughout the festival.
Upon returning home, the band released their debut album ‘Colorize’ in May, 2016. Pretty City’s debut album has taken the band to new heights not only in the land down under but in the USA. Keeping good company with artists like The Kills & Paul Simon, ‘Colorize’ was the 12th CMJ most added record to US college radio in early June & is one of only two independent records to be included in the top 20. It also debuted at number 103 on the overall CMJ charts and has made top 10s on college radio throughout the country, including a two week stint at number 1 in Massachusetts. ‘Colorize’ was number 70 on the overall CMJ charts in July as continues to chart strongly.
Back home COLORIZE garnered nothing short of rave reviews:
“Colorize covers genres such as ambient, experimental and shoe gaze, but what’s truly astounding is how perfectly the album progresses. There is a clear logic behind the track listing, which ties together the flawless album. This album cries out to be played in full, start to finish, and the payoff for doing so makes for something even greater than the sum of its parts”– The Music
“The acid-drenched debut album from Pretty City will consume you with the Melbournians’ progressive sound.” – AAA Backstage
The lead single from their debut LP, ‘Running Around’ was premiered by CMJ in February 2016, describing the song and band as, ‘Strutting up and along some hazy rainbow made of stadium riffage and ’90s glow stick big pants dance while gazing down at their kicks only long enough to take in that rainbow, this Melbourne-based band sound as brash and ready as a new band can be.’ – Eric Davidson – CMJ, New York.
The remainder of 2016 sees the band hitting the road across Australia in support of Colorize’s vinyl launch, as well as plans to tour the States and Canada in 2017. The band have begun recording their second album, with the first single due for release in mid October.
In 2015, the band released their ‘Triple A side’ single in June 2015, with tracks from the short EP being played on Triple J, and community radio across Australia, as well as commercial radio (Triple M). These tracks were also played on syndicated radio shows that are played in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia with their sound being well received by international audiences.
2014 was also a massive year for the band. They released the fresh new fuzz-rock single Piece of the Puzzle, which channelled a year’s worth of relentless touring and shows. The songs’ carefree, grungy, rock and roll attitude instantly won fans over. Dave Ruby-Howe of Triple J Unearthed said, “This band keeps getting better…There’s a serious punch here that keeps the track surging forwards. ” Dave Ruby-Howe Triple J Unearthed review (Piece of the Puzzle).
The band have an insatiable work ethic, constantly releasing music that pushes the band in new and exciting direction while giving people catchy, memorable melodies you can sing along to.