Don’t forget to celebrate Record Store Day this Saturday, April 20th by visiting your favorite brick-and-mortar music retailer. Stores in both Omaha and Lincoln will take part. Omaha participants include Drastic Plastic Records, 1209 Howard St.; Saddle Creek Shop, 721 North 14th St.; and Homer’s Music, 1210 Howard St. All shops are currently slated to open their regular hours, though Drastic Plastic has opened at 10 a.m. on previous Record Store Days. Homer’s Music will greet customers with free coffee and donuts at 8 a.m., two hours prior to opening and at 9 a.m., Boston band Pretty & Nice will play outside for those waiting in line in the Old Market.
Pretty & Nice are a Boston quartet bent on creating joyous feelings.
Songs are born on sunny porches, zapped with electricity, arranged around dancing morpho-rhythms, and slingshot skyward. It’s an advanced pop crash course, and your brain may have trouble keeping up with your feet.
Having shared tours and stages with bands like Built to Spill, The Get Up Kids, Miniature Tigers, The Thermals and Jukebox the Ghost, one can imagine the impact Pretty & Nice delivers up close and personal. Live, the arrangements explode into an array of shifting shapes and colors, pitting Costello against Cocteau in an epic bounce-house duel ending in broken strings and hugs all around.
From their debut Pink Blue, to the Hardly Art-released Get Young, and throughout their new EP US YOU ALL WE, the music of Pretty & Nice is engineered for repeat listens. Songs blossom multiple times, tightrope walking between complexity and accessibility with tremendous balance. The Onions AV Club says it well: The band buries post-punk hooks under feverish ranting and the trash-can clang of robotic electro & hellip; Riffs are spot welded to jerky beats, and the whole sound hinges on a gleeful self-deconstruction.
Pretty & Nice recently announced their signing to Max Bemis Equal Vision imprint Rory Records, who will be putting out their next full length in Spring 2013.