After their highly successful last album; ‘Soft Rock for the Anxious’, The Pretty Littles are back with a new politically driven tune, and a new (soon-to-be released) album. Putting on a number of shows around the country to launch their new single; ‘Don Dale,’the Melbourne lads once again sold out their home-town show at Howler Bar on the 29th of March.
Supported by Go Get Mum and Neighbourhood Youth last Thursday night, the Pretty’s once again demonstrated why they are one of the most entertaining, balls to the wall, straight up and down Rock and Roll bands in Melbourne. It certainly was not a set for the faint-hearted, with countless people chucking reckless stage-dives and moshing until they could mosh no more. It was loud and chaotic, but oh-so good to watch. A proper show. The audience was even treated to an encore that included members from all bands belting out a cover all together. The Prettys frontman Jack Parsons was picked up and thrown around the Howler band room, mic in hand, giving it his all. That's Rock and Roll man.
Their seems to be a shift taking place throughout the Australian Rock scene at the moment, a shift away from energetic and simple Rock and Roll to a more complex psyche sound that has led to such bands as King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and Orb ruling the roost. Don’t get me wrong, the psyche scene, particularly in Melbourne, is epic and well worth all of the praise it is receiving. However, seeing The Pretty Littles put on display their brand of Rock and Roll with their simple, no nonsense approach, is refreshing and exciting. What you see is what you get, four guys having a ball, selling out venues and shredding their way through a set. They write songs with meaning and feeling behind them, and have the capacity to back them up live which they certainly did on the 29th, at their ‘Don Dale’ launch.
‘Don Dale,’ is specifically written in regard to the shocking, and disgusting treatment of young kids, predominantly Indigenous, in the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre. It’s one hell of a tune, from one hell of a band who isn’t shying away from writing songs that address things that a lot of Australians would rather look the other way about. All tickets sold on the night, which were a lot, have been donated to BushMob Aboriginal Corporation, a group doing tremendous good for Indigenous Youth around the country.
The Pretty’s have two more shows left on their ‘Don Dale’ tour and then, with a bit of luck, we will all be treated to their new album and another run of shows. Fingers crossed.
Review by Jack Davison