"They played yet another highly addictive live-set and left quite a few people in awe" - Glamglare.
New York blog
"Throttling indie rock music, tinged with a delicious side of grunge." - The AU Review
"Running Around, is an enormous, arena-friendly song with equally enormous and anthemic hooks..." - The Joy of Violent Movement, New York
Sometimes, the music really does do the talking. For Australia’s psych rockers, Pretty City, that started
from an incredible SXSW appearance in 2016, which saw them gain critical acclaim.
“…only a few more people were fortunate enough to squeeze in when the three from Melbourne
started out their set. So much energy. So much talent.” Glamglare
“The boys of Melbourne’s Pretty City combine shoegaze and britpop to create power chord-
heavy anthems that wouldn’t be out of place in Manchester, 1990.” Noisy
Following those performances their debut album, COLORIZE, continued to do the talking for them, as
their album climbed the CMJ charts for 3 months, being added to over 150 stations and peaking at 70
“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.” CMJ
The band’s stadium, psychedelic sound was compared from everything from Britpop, shoegaze, grunge,
and Psych but the strength of the music was in their ability to not be constrained to any one genre, due
in part to the varied musical backgrounds of each member.
“It’s hard to pinpoint where we all meet musically as there’s a lot of diverse musical tastes and
training, yet we have been able to focus all of that into one sound that is unmistakably us.”
Canadian Music Week appearances followed in 2017 as the band started creating their sophomore
release. A tumultuous time for the band, constant touring and international focus had taken a toll on the
band. And pressures to outdo their last album made for creative differences to boil over. Personal
relationships and lives creeping into the process only made matters worse as songs were recorded, re-
recorded and scrapped again. In fact, more than a whole album was finished and scrapped all together,
to be started again from scratch. Producers were fired and rehired, and for a while the band were doing
everything themselves. By the end of the process, the band had come full circle musically and
emotionally. The motto, CANCEL THE FUTURE, was the album title from early in the process. Taken from
a lyric of a song it was meant initially to symbolise the optimism and bravado about being able to write
your own future by changing your now. By the end of the year that motto still rang true but was more of
a reflection on the band’s strength to essentially “cancel their futures” by scrapping whole albums with
no plan in sight, to then start again from the ground up and still enjoy music creation and performance.
CANCEL THE FUTURE is thus a combination of frustration, exuberance, confidence and introspection.
And it speaks louder than the band could have realised when starting the process.
The album hits the ground running with opener Nothing Happens for Free, a reflection on the
frustrations and realities of life as a musician and life in general. The stadium swagger continues on
Piece of the Puzzle, and the instantly sing along Flying before the album takes a side step into 80s new
wave in the form of the anthemic Same as Before. Drawing comparisons to classic early U2 and early
Muse, it too draws from a period where confusion in what you’re doing clouds your perception of the
future. Everybody Misses You takes a swing back into the shoegaze-pop and garage train before the
bleeding heart of Television takes a moment to remind everyone that sometimes static on a screen is all
you can see. Primal Scream and Chemical Brothers would be jealous of the dark rave cave of Boots, a
studio creation from Hugh that shows the creative elasticity to draw from wide influences and create
something that is far from the band, yet speaks closely to them. Be Someone and Simone take the
listener for another ride round the bend at full pelt but in the end, Sing Me The Song slows the pace and
guides you into a calm space as the words, “Everyone here is just fucking around…” wistfully play around
your head. Life is short and maybe, just maybe, if you cancel your future you will see it for what it really
CANCEL THE FUTURE sails cohesively through the themes of rejection, competition, love, life, death, and
loss while being musically richer, and glossier than the hazy debut of COLORIZE. With their confident
swagger and a desire to keep pushing the artistic envelope Pretty City is a band with no fixed future but
one they are determined to carve out for themselves.
As the album hits the US in September 2017, the band are undertaking their first European tour with 23
dates across the U.K, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, The Czech Republic and Denmark. US
dates and festival appearances are also planned in 2018.