Michigan noise-pop quartet Pity Sex today announce their debut dates in the UK, due to take place in May. Beginning with a stint at Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival, the run will see Guildford, London, Liverpool, Glasgow, and Cardiff treated to their fuzzed out and effortlessly catchy take on shoegaze and 90s guitar-pop, with a couple of the dates also featuring new Collect Records signees Creepoid. Full dates and a tour poster can be found below.
In addition, the group’s lauded debut album Feast Of Love will see a UK exclusive deluxe re-release, limited to just 500 pressings. Due for release on Run For Cover Records on April 20th, the record will feature beautiful new gatefold packaging, a new insert featuring commemorative tour art and a flexi 7″ including two new songs – the first of which, ‘Acid Reflex’ is streamable above. The release will perfectly pave the way for the band’s upcoming second full-length, which they are currently in the studio recording.
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Walking the razor’s edge between overdriven navel gazing bliss and perfect pop sensibility, Feast Of Love is both awesomely beautiful and deftly evocative. Formed in 2011, Pity Sex members Sean St. Charles (drums) and Brennan Greaves (guitar/vocals) met in kindergarten and played in bands together through college before finally starting Pity Sex. “The idea was to do the kind of 90s pop we’ve been listening to since we were kids,” explains Sean. The band was rounded out by the addition of bassist Brandan Pierce and Britty Drake (guitar/vocals).
Massive, harmonically distorted guitars and airy dual male/female vocals are hallmarks of Feast Of Love, all drenched in warm, dreamy reverb. Most impressive however, is how the band utilises pop conventions – both vocal and instrumental melody, and a strong and pounding rhythm section – while delving deep into the ethereal power of textured soundscapes. Guitars fuzz and flange, weaving between distinct, identifiable parts and simple brushes of coloured noise. The voices similarly drift between carrying delicate melodies and delivering evocative feeling. Calling on the infectious, hooky inclinations of the Pixies, dreary melodies of the Breeders and sonic mass of My Bloody Valentine, Pity Sex’s Feast Of Love twists and churns with these beautiful yet fleeting vignettes captured in sound.
Pity Sex UK tour dates:
16th – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton
17th – The Boileroom, Guildford
18th – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London (+ Creepoid)
20th – East Village Arts Club, Liverpool (+ Creepoid)
21st – Bar Bloc, Glasgow (free entry)
26th – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff