Although NICOTINE PRETTY released two singles before, “Real Life Glories” is their debut EP (co-produced by Glunk Records.) Opening song “ByGone Boy” offers us some fine glam punk rock’n’roll reminding a bit of early MANIC STREET PREACHERS while “This Ship Ain’t Going Down” show us the snotty street punk side of NICOTINE PRETTY. The band also knows how to mix 70s punk to 90s indie melodies and catchy choruses (“Bad Whiskey”, “Over The Edge”) and if you haven’t listened to the singles before, you’ll find them on here since “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul?” and “Nicotine Pretty” have been added to the track list. The music, attitude and spirit in this EP also remind me of the early 00s glam punk scene, which is a very good thing! /Laurent C.
NICOTINE PRETTY hail from Bridgend, South Wales, and are fronted by Ginge Knievil (The SICK LIVERS.)
“Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” has a bit of pre-Generation Terrorists MANIC STREET PREACHERS in it, with a street punk edge, and “Nicotine Pretty” is a cool glam punk song, with JOHNNY THUNDERS guitars and a bit of a QUIREBOYS/DOGS D’AMOUR vibe. If you still wear your leopard print, spray paint shirt and eyeliner, then this must sound quite tempting, right?
These two songs sound raw, with some refreshing energy, just like when punk bands used to record their first songs in 1977. Of course, some could say that NICOTINE PRETTY wear their influences on their sleeves, but how many bands play this style of music nowadays? Not enough for us, that’s for sure! A 3 CD EP series is due to land late 2017/2018, and hopefully, we’ll get to hear a full album too! /Laurent C.