“Pretty Thrills deliver nothing but explosive riffs” (theMusic)
“I like the contrasts that sit in this – like the spiny synths against the rubbery bass, the whispered verses against the belted chorus.”(Gemma Pike, Triple J)
“Spacious, clean guitar tones, some sweet, sweet synths and vocals that show an impressive ability to range from soft to powerful.” (Wall Of Sound)
“It’s full of raw power guitar riffs, massive pounding drums and big synth lines.”(AAA Backstage)
“Taking cues from scene heavyweights like Pierce the Veil and PVRIS, it’s a tasty mix of pop-rock riffs, high energy drums and synthy beats—colour us impressed.” (Hysteria Mag)
“Pretty Thrills are debuting with an exhilarating single that showcases both their pop-rock and heavy/ hardcore music influences” (Heavy Mag)
Pretty Thrills, with their fiery, high-powered pop/ hard-rock recently dropped their lead single Sober ahead of the release of their debut, self-titled EP.
Boasting raw, overdriven riffs stacked with electronic tones, synths, massive drums and vocals that transition from soft verses to belted choruses, this Sydney-based outfit have delivered an exhilarating 5-track debut EP.
The overarching theme of the EP is about being tied down in toxic relationships fuelled by drugs and finally breaking free.
Opening the EP is the band’s debut single Flames that was released in September last year. Next up is Breaking Even –a track that is most akin to pop-rock – that is about resilience and coming out on the other side of a break-up. With an upbeat rock beat; bright, overdriven guitar riffs and piano in the low-dynamic bridge, Pretty Thrills demonstrate their fluid movement between these evolving sections.
Following is Scarlet, a song close to Max Donnellan’s chest as it was the first song written for the EP after coming out of the destructive relationship.
Scarlet storms out of the gate with Donnellan’s commanding vocals accompanied by palm-muted guitars that quickly explode into a chorus loaded with synth lines and sub-drops. From verses to the bridge, to outro, this is one of Pretty Thrills most aggressively dynamic tracks that closes with a hardcore punch.
Higher follows before the EP is closed out by the lead single Sober. Higher is about wishing to go back in time to make amends. This slow-burning, progressive track gets more aggressive, finely reaching its peak in the final minute with huge cries from Donnellan, before finally changing key in the outro chorus.
In Pretty Thrills succinct style, this EP showcases how they seamlessly combine their spacious, passionate sections with explosive riffs, massive drum fills, big sub-drops and melodic synth lines layered over top. The self-titled debut EP is officially out everywhere NOW and was released on Friday, May 22.
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