Providing a tasty glimpse to the album the band is currently working on, The Sunday Reeds have released new single Pretty People, a melodic snarl of a song which has ears grinning, feet tenaciously tapping, and appetite for more on the side of impatience. It is a rousing protagonist easily sparking high anticipation for the full-length to come whilst hinting at new twists and creative enterprise within the songwriting and imagination of Melbourne based duo Romana Ashton (vocals, bass) and Drew Jones (guitars).
Formed late 2008, The Sunday Reeds soon had attention lit amidst a quickly growing following with debut album Drowning in History the following year. Released through UK indie label Squirrel Records, the album opened the opportunity for the band to undertake an extensive European tour in 2010. At the time a romantic couple, Ashton and Jones split up in Paris, but thankfully stayed together creatively whilst all the pain and torment ending relationships bring, went to inspire and shape their critically acclaimed Amour Tragique EP of 2014. Now they return with new single Pretty People, a song which “On one level ‘is about cliques and their sense of self-importance, and on another, is a caustic social commentary about our culture’s fascination with ‘the trivial’, celebrity, gossip and fame by proxy.” Mixed by James Aparicio (Spiritualized and Mute Records) it is also a very flavoursome lure to things to come and rich pleasure now.
Rhythms and an instantly compelling bassline opens things up, Jones’ guitar soon adding its own bluesy web to already addictive bait working on the imagination. The song finds another heated flame as the beguiling vocal tones of Ashton join her prowess on four strings, this in turn seemingly sparking grooves and hooks in tandem to become hazier and intensely fiery. Like a mix of My Baby and Vienna Ditto but with its own unique character, the single continues to seduce with its shadowy rock ‘n’ roll and fuzzy temptation subsequently leaving a lingering imprint on thoughts and memory as Jones’ riveting almost nagging hooks collude with the temptress guile of Ashton’s voice and bass.
Pretty People is dark glamour and intensive incitement, a song to get seriously involved in whilst breeding a hunger for its impending source. The Sunday Reeds are back and better than ever.
Pretty People is out now via Heartgun Records.
Pete RingMaster 14/10/2015
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