2012 and ’13 saw the release of The Treatment EP and the album Save As I Save respectively from UK melodic metallers Zoltar Speaks. Both encounters seriously impressed so it was with disappointment that the band subsequently folded. Out of its ashes in 2015 though, came Pretty Little Enemy, a quartet formed by vocalist Louise Body, bassist Jason Coles, and drummer Ben Dean. Completing their line-up with guitarist Georgia Bell, Pretty Little Enemy quickly stirred up attention on the live scene, taking in shows supporting the likes of Syren City, Embers of Eden, and Chasing Cadence amongst their own stage firing shows. Now they are grabbing attention with the Bitch PLEase! EP, three tracks of muscular yet siren-esque alternative rock leading ears into a mix of contagion and danger.
As opener Myles grumbles on the senses with its metal scented invitation, a swift appetite is bred but soon taken aback by the sudden slip into an almost pop rock moment with the appearance of Body’s distinctive voice. Reminding a touch of eighties band The Photos, the band soon re-establishes its hold especially as the song blossoms into a more Skunk Anansie inspired snarl. Bell’s grooves dances on the ear in no time, her sonic enterprise skirted by the grouchier lure of Cole’s bass and the firmly landing beats of Dean. Continuing to blend aggression and melodic endeavour, the song makes for a potent start to the release though it is soon eclipsed by successor Vertebreak.
The second song is a roar which instantly grips ears and attention, Body sharing her powerful and skilful vocal range to bring back memories of her previous band, a spicing backed up by the track’s irritable yet beguiling character in sound and imagination. Their new single, it is a striking and forcibly magnetic proposal stealing best song honours while confirming an already brewing appetite for the Pretty Little Enemy invention.
What Makes You completes the trio of tracks; it also quickly enticing rich focus with a spidery web of grooves around the ever impressing drama of Body’s vocals. Rhythmically it is the least dramatic but both Coles and Dean perfectly back up the leading elements of the song without ever feeling like they are just supporting textures.
With Bitch PLEase!, Pretty Little Enemy are not yet at a place to rival Zoltar Speaks but already the hints are there that it is a potential in the making and something to eagerly await while thoroughly enjoying the band’s debut proposition.
The Bitch PLEase! EP is out now through all stores.
Pete RingMaster 24/06/2016
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