Everyone has already claimed October. We're only three days into Everybody's Favorite Month Ever, and the next 28 days are completely booked solid with masquerade balls, cover shows, weekend trips to King Richard's Faire, apple picking, pumpkin carving, and, uhhh, online radio station re-births. There's no more room for anything. So for a moment let's just skip ahead to Bro-vember, where we kickstart a string of true autumnal delight with joyous Boston quartet PRETTY & NICE. The Phoenix is proud to present the band's Us You All We record release party at Store 54 in Allston on November 1, just around the time when our Halloween hangoverTM fades, we all collectively stop listening to the Misfits, and begin counting down the days until awkward family dinners in the suburbs on Thanksgiving (warning: it arrives early this year).
If we have anything to be thankful for, it's Pretty & Nice. The veteran Boston band has been on a tear lately, and are following up previous releases for Hardly Art and Black Bell Records with a new self-released EP of start-stop rock goodness.
Yesterday, MTV Hive premiered new track "Capsules," the first cut off Us You All We. And we're also psyched the band has decided on a non-traditional venue for their record release party, inviting Earthquake Party and Gary B. And The Notions to fill the air with beautiful cidery sounds at the fairly intimate record store + performance space located exactly across the street from O'Brien's Pub on Harvard Avenue. You may score advance tickets to this shindig via Eventbrite.
Here's what we wrote about Us You All We last month in the Phoenix's Fall Preview:
The four quick cuts on the Boston quartet Pretty & Nice's Us You All We embody what guitarist Holden Lewis calls an endless-summer mentality. "I think our songs got happier," he says. "Our shiny acoustic-guitar pop songs were made shinier as they were fleshed out. We talk about the sun in half the songs. We got a lot of inspiration from that big yellow ball." The EP takes us on the usual stop-start/stop-rage musical bounce that defines Pretty & Nice's explosive sound: "Hibernate" is the band at their jangly finest, while "Capsules" has a bit of a disco feel. The EP will be released both digitally and on deluxe 12-inch vinyl. Pretty & Nice launched a Pledge Music campaign to raise funds, but with a certain Dresden Doll raising seven figures, the fan-donation bar in Boston has been raised. "I don't think we're gonna raise $1 million," says bassist Roger Lussier. "Unless Amanda Palmer wants to give us $1 million."
There's also 23 days left in the Pretty & Nice Pledge Music campaign, with rewards that range from scoring a copy of the EP to having Pretty & Nice play at your wedding, which is cool and all until Holden steals your bride at the reception. These things happen.