[REVIEW] Pretty Vicious – Cave Song (EP)

Jessica Boyle

Ever since this four piece burst onto the scene last year they have showed no signs of slowing down. The band have played a 500 capacity headline show at Dingwalls in London and have already supported the likes of The Courteeners, The Vaccines and Wolf Alice on sold out tours all over the UK.

The Cave Song EP features three brand new songs and a new version of Cave Song, which is the song that lead to them getting noticed, resulting in the band becoming signed. The EP is one of the many examples of the stride Pretty Vicious have been making, weaving influences of toner rock, grunge, psychedelia and punk.

The songs on the EP present a newfound emotional and songwriting depth and sophistication. The first song on the EP is Cave Song, starting very strongly it reals you in, leaving you anticipating what’s yet to come. The song does not disappoint, it’s very energetic and gets you in the mood to go to a gig or a festival and just let loose, get drunk and have a good time.

Following on from Cave Song is Down My Way, which showcases a softer side to the band during the first bit of the song. The use of softer vocals really show the pure talent of the singer. However like the Pretty Vicious we all know and love, the song does not stay slow for very long. The music soon picks up, with a solo from the guitar to introduce the speed and the drums are quick to follow.

Ambien begins with catchy music, and remains a catchy tune throughout. This piece of music has been put together perfectly to create a tune that will be lodged in your head for days to come. The song leaves you wanting more.

The last song on this EP is Black And Blue which sounds very Nirvana-esque at the beginning, however their own unique sound is quick to follow and shines through. The sound of the guitar in this song is what makes it for me – you’ll be playing air guitar in no time.

Pretty Vicious as we know are never ones to shy away from playing live, their summer is already jam packed with festival dates. The band also have their very own headline show coming up in autumn too, however there is more news to follow regarding that.

For now, the festival dates are as follows:

20/05 Common People Festival, Southampton

19/06 110 Above Festival, Leicestershire

16/07 Truck Festival, Oxford

29/07 Leopallooza Festival, Cornwall

30/07 Y Not Festival, Matlock

31/07 Kendal Calling, Cumbria

28/08 Victorious Festival, Portsmouth

02/09 LodeStar Festival, Cambridge

10/09 Bestival, Isle Of Wight

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