Pity Sex’s White Hot Moon provides summer vibes with breezy guitar riffs, laid-back beats and hazy vocals as well as heavy bass lines and aggressive drums.
The American quartet released the 12-track album last month, which takes you through lost love and rejection with fuzzy emo-pop tunes.
The co-vocalists Britty Drake and Brennan Greaves alternate between loud and soft, gruff and airy, exemplifying the group dynamic, which sways between shoe gazing and head banging. There couldn’t be a better name for a band that tries to have it both ways.
The first track on the record A Satisfactory World for Reasonable People explores the ways technology makes us more intimate and more remote. Greaves describes licking his television and his touch screens with an “aluminum smell of skin”. A clashing guitar kicks off the alternative-rock anthem before reaching its climax in a powerfully noise-ridden chorus.
Plum is the emotional core of the album. Drake reminisces the “midseason plums” that used to stock her pantry and stayed there, overripe and uneaten, when her mother became sick. The title track White Hot Moon has a real grungy sound while the volume behind Drake and Greaves’ lyrics is almost relieving.
Bassist Brandan Pierce and drummer Sean St. Charles really throw themselves into the heavier songs like Nothing Rips Through Me and Wappen Beggars, both of which spread darkness to a world otherwise lit by a white, hot moon.
Despite the band’s name and the neon cover art, the natural world has influences in countless lyrics on the album. Orange and Red alludes to the colourful shift of seasons as trees lose their leaves; Burden You describes days “more fleeting than spring”; and the early fall weather in September.
Pity Sex offers distorted, grinding guitar solos, assured harmonies with a mix of monotone and breezy vocals; a combination, which somehow compliments each other.
For tunes to watch the sun set, fall asleep to, or smoke cigarettes, download Pity Sex’s White Hot Moon.