20 Oct 2017

RIP Dead Pretties. They Were Good, Them

Before committing their true potential as one of South London's best live groups to a record that captured their ferocious energy, Dead Pretties have announced their split.
Photo: Holly Whittaker
A band I've written about a lot for So Young and Clash, it's baffling that this group split up as they come so close to success. It comes after they cancelled their Shame support slot, the night before last, citing 'personal reasons'. More info, of course, comes on their Facebook...

Their studio stuff's not been testament to what they do live, and their last single (Water) was subpar, they were nethertheless, very, very good. Their live shows were turbo charged affairs, that saw frontman Jacob Slater, trousers eternally held up by suspenders, thrashing his guitar like a kitchen porter grating cabbage for coleslaw. Their recent track Confidence is up there with the best guitar tracks of the year, and they will be sorely missed by the people of the capitol.

Their last song can be heard below, Nothing. It's pretty good.

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(Words: Cal Cashin)