Q&A Scene: Pretty City

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

Our new single ‘Mary Go Round’ is a bit different for us. It still has the melding of psyche rock and shoegaze elements, but presents them in a more flamboyant and audacious way. We’ve probably gone as bit heavier with this track and taken some more cues from bands like Queens of the Stone Age. We’re heading off on tour to launch the single in November.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

I’d say we sound like a fresh hot jam doughnut, where the jam is so hot it just burns your tongue ever so slightly. Oozey sweetness with a tiny tinge on the tongue. There’s some imagery for you.

Which song resonates most strongly and why

[pullquote]I’d say we sound like a fresh hot jam doughnut, where the jam is so hot it just burns your tongue ever so slightly. Oozey sweetness with a tiny tinge on the tongue. There’s some imagery for you.[/pullquote] The single we’re launching is taken from our debut album, which is getting the finishing touches on it as we speak. This track was a bit of a battle honestly. We tried a bunch of different ways, and couldn’t quite get everyone on the same page. Then we recorded it again after a show at midnight, and the tiredness and fatigue combined with the amped post show vibe combined to make a really good feeling of rock energy and melancholy that is reflected in the lyrics. So, I’m actually really proud of how it turned out. Sometimes those songs that give you the most trouble can be the most rewarding. 

Any on the road anecdotes?

Once, when driving up to Sydney for a show, we recorded a song using garage band on the iPhone. It was not the safest thing we’ve ever done, but we released the tune on cassette, and it turned out pretty well considering the limitations of space and gear huddled together in a little Ford Focus.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I’m hugely influenced by Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Queen, but drumming wise, I’ve taken heaps of cues from Jimmy Chamberlain from the Smashing Pumpkins. I’ve listened to Siamese Dream more times than I can count, and just love his playing on that record so much. I’ve also listened to heaps of funk and disco and that’s influenced my drumming heaps. Everyone in the band has pretty diverse influences though. Our lead singer and main songwriter, Hugh, loves Kasabian, Oasis, and My Bloody Valentine, but has also been hugely influenced by Cream and the Beatles. Johnny, our resident energiser and lead machine, loves power pop, punk rock, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, but also loves glam, and even the smooth sounds of Yacht rock (which I have now become partial to as well, damn him). The influences tend to play out in the music and each of us kind of push and pull, but we somehow end up going the same direction, sort of.

What’s next for you?

We’re heading on tour in November, which includes supporting the Hoodoo Gurus, which I’m really looking forward to. Then we’ll be releasing our album early in 2016, which we’re really excited about.

What’s your scene?

Whatever scene that’ll have me.

About Pretty City

Fresh off the success of their Triple A single, Melbourne psych-rockers, Pretty City kick down the doors with their brand new single, ‘Mary Go Round.’ The song is a brash thunderous jam reminiscent of early Kasabian, T-Rex and Deep Purple. ‘Mary’ builds on the band’s previous release, such as the sweet, epic melodies of ‘Melt’, and the stomping rock pace set by ‘Running Around’ that saw both tunes spun on community, national and commercial radio in Australia, as well as abroad in the UK, Portugal and US college radio.

‘Mary’ captures the sense of psyche wonder of earlier releases and fuses it to the emerging penchant for rock anthems that is fast becoming a staple of the Pretty City live experience. What results is a brooding rock sound that is punctuated by the ‘nu-gaze smashed on the rocks textures’ (Record Rewind Play – UK blog) and glam power pop that remains playful and fun despite the heavy rhythm and grooves and the melancholic submission to fate reflected in the lyrics.

Drew remembers recording the track, “It was recorded straight after a show at close to midnight, the blood was still pumping, we were really hanging on… and we’ve managed to capture that magic on the record”.

Mary Go Round is due for digital release November 6th and is lifted from

Pretty City’s debut album due for release early 2016.

Tour Dates

Pretty City’s Mary Go Round national tour November/December 2015.
Saturday 21st Nov – The Newmarket Hotel, Bendigo VIC
Friday 27th Nov – Chelsea Heights Hotel, VIC (supporting Hoodoo Gurus)
Friday 4th Dec – Major Tom’s, Kyneton VIC w/ Destrends & APES
Thursday 19th Nov – Rad Bar, Wollongong NSW
Friday 20th Nov – World Bar, Sydney NSW
Saturday 28th Nov – Hugs N Kisses, Melbourne VIC
Thursday 3rd Dec – Foundry, Brisbane QLD
Friday 18th Dec – The Exeter, Adelaide SA


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