Friday, 6 November 2015

The Best Indie Songs of 2015 - Pretty Vicious

On the rare occasions I’m tempted to muse on the disappointing nature of a world that allows genocide in Burma or a six year civil war in Syria with 200 000 dead and a million refugees, my friend will punch me in the arm, with a knuckle extended, in an often successful attempt to give me a dead arm and this sage advice, “harden the fuck up.” National Plastics (Sept’15) is the musical equivalent of that dead arm. The tune only has one gear, fast and furious. This song took me back to the day in 1991 I put the needle down on The Manic Street Preacher’s first release “Motown Junk” and was blown away by the blistering assault that announced the arrival of one of the greatest rock and roll bands in the world at that minute. Both bands are from the Welsh valleys. Just saying. National Plastics is a song about grabbing life by the scruff of the neck and has been called a “...tour de force of incendiary, visceral and youthful guitar rock.”
Pretty Vicious are an indie punk rock band from Merthyr Tydfil in Wales and have played some big festivals like Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds. Pretty Vicious started in 2014 and are all 16 and 18 years old. National Plastics is their second single, the band have been signed up by Virgin EMI and are hot shit with people who matter everywhere. The band have been compared to The Clash (early doors), The Libertines and NME said Pretty Vicious sounded like Jake Bugg fronting the Arctic Monkeys with Sex Pistol's anarchic spirit. Pretty Vicious' influences are The Sex Pistols, Iggy and The Stooges and The Bananas. The band called National Plastics "a ball breaker" while others commonly throw around adjectives like "incendiary" and "visceral". National Plastics rocks harder than prison rape and is one of the best indie songs of 2015.
“Moping around
The time will come when you will see
That hangin' about don't bring no opportunities!”

Shit you need to know:
Pretty Vicious's music has been called by Clash magazine "...a series of indie punk anthems."
Amazing Radio felt the band are " of the hottest prospects in music at the moment."
The band say their influences are, "everything."
The band supported the Manic Street Preachers this year.

When the band signed to EMI they were given the original contracts the Sex Pistols signed and signed copies of Never Mind The Bollocks.
Pretty Vicious will take to the stage next week at The Brixton Academy in London with The Vaccines and Palma Violets. Good company to keep.
 Other Pretty Vicious songs that burn with righteous indignation are Cave Song , It's Always There and Are You Entertained.


Slippery seconds is from Welsh alternative rockers, and one of the greatest bands to walk the earth back in the day, The Manic Street Preachers. This is their finest Repeat (UK) (1992) from their never equalled first testament Generation Terrorists (1992).

“Repeat after me
Fuck queen and country”



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