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"Good Health" is the debut CD from this band, and there are more than a few good reasons for the buzz you are already hearing about them. An impressive pedigree (members of Murder City Devils, Death Wish Kids, Beehive Vaults, Kill Sadie), a live show embodying the honesty and intensity at the heart of punk rock, and a sound defying any limiting definitions you have for hardcore and emo are just a few of those reasons. Active for only a year, they have already garnered an impressive following. Singer Andrea Zollo's vocals and lyrics will soon have you filing her right next to Exene Cervenka and Penelope Houston as powerful and vital singers. Musically, the band explores territories similar to Fugazi, At the Drive In, and Sleater-Kinney.
If you combined all of the prior musical experience of Seattle outfit Pretty Girls Make Graves into a single person, you'd have, well, a really old guy. The thing about it is, all that musicianship comes through, even though Pretty Girls Make Graves play the sort of bouncy, poppy, energetic not-quite-punk that isn't usually associated with stellar musicianship. The deceptively simple song construction and hooky melodies cover a startling truth: Pretty Girls Make Graves kick butt as musicians. That raises the level of their material from a bunch of pleasant songs to a collection of tight, ear-catching music that wouldn't have sounded out of place on the High Fidelity soundtrack. It's a little too pretty to be punk, a little too raw to be pop, and a little too elegantly constructed to be rock & roll. And that makes it just about perfect. --Genevieve Williams
Top Customer Reviews
It's a long drive to Lawrence. Along the way I had time to think. I was mostly hoping that this 'legendary' band lived up to the hype. There is a lot of buildup surrounding the Pretty Girls. You see P.G.M.G. are somewhat of a supergroup. It features various members of Kill Sadie, Deathwish Kids and the beloved Murder City Devils. This will be hard to live up to.
Pretty Girls Make Graves definitely live up to the hype. With their backgrounds, they even surpass it. They are taking their experiences from different bands to form a very cohesive and stellar whole.
P.G.M.G. started their set with the first song off the album 'Good Health'. The song, 'Speakers Push the Air' is about the music that changes your life. Even though the song was performed brilliantly, I was a little disappointed. I thought this meant that they were going to hustle through every song in the order of the album and then call it a night.
This fear was unfounded. They launched into 'Chemical, Chemical' a song off of their upcoming album, 'A New Romance'. This song was musically complex and the lyrics were electric. All I could think at this point was that the new album will be exceptional.
As the night went on, Pretty Girls Make Graves played more songs off of their current album. ' More Sweet Soul' was an audience favorite. 'If you hate your friends, your not Alone' inspired some thrashing and head bobs.Read more ›
Any band with a name from Jack Kerouac's "The Dharma Bums" has to be worth it.
Most recent customer reviews
yay,this is one great album,not. i bought this cause they were comin to town with the alkie trio and i wanted to check em out cause shows are always more fun when you know what... Read morePublished on March 15 2004
Is it just me or does Matador kinda remind you of that big amorphous blob that merges with everything at the end of Akira. What's with them snatching up all of my favorite bands. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2003 by Matthew Gross
I don't mind this cd, but i have to give it a 3 because i hate listening to bands that sound like other bands. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003 by Joey
fantastic and fun with awesome melodic female vocals. people compare them to at the drive-in, but i think i like this disc more than any atdi stuff (as blasphemous as that may... Read morePublished on April 14 2003 by Andrew W. Miller
this band kicks so much arse! i bought this cd because the guy from murder city devils is in the band and they rock also... Read morePublished on March 29 2003 by lisa
PGMG gets unfairly compared to At The Drive-In, but only so because their frenetic sound often veers on the brink of losing control - only to be reeled back in with a killer vocal... Read morePublished on March 26 2003 by Scott Starr
"Pretty Girls Make Graves" are pop female vocals and punk guitar-work to a new-wave beat. It worked for Blondie during the 80's, so why not now? Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2003 by Andrew Shih
Back when I heard this in May, it just totally blew me away. Speakers Push the Air is just amazing. I don't think that there has been any better song about music. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2003 by Sonja