Pretty Hurts: Expectations 7" (new)

Erste Theke Tontrí_ger


Cold, dark and icy post punk hits noisy, nervous and insanely driven punk. Disappointment, irritability, alienation, teen-angst, nightmares and hypnagogic hallucinations, packed on a 7". Cold and bleak, but bouncing in defiance, with sporadic tinges of fear. While other bands of their ilk go for a more sullen approach, PRETTY HURTS harnesses their aggression to power through each song like a well-oiled machine.

Our take: Berlin's Pretty Hurts remind me a lot of Ice Age's first LP in that the rhythm section seems to think they're a hardcore band while the guitarist and vocalist think they're a dark yet catchy post-punk band, and the bass and drums hurdle along at blistering tempos while the guitarist and vocalist try to cram delicate melodies into a very tight space. And, as with Iceage's first LP, it really, really works well. It's really the best of both worlds, combining the nervous energy of hardcore with the songwriting chops and interesting arrangements of post-punk. Let's just hope they don't get cool haircuts and clothes and convince the drummer to slow down and actually hold the beat...
Tags: 10s europe germany melodic post-punk yoobl