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Die Pretty - Battle Over Brooklyn EP Review

Candice Ryan joins the ranks of AAA Backstage with her review of New York's punk pop rockers, Die Pretty and their EP Battle Over Brooklyn. Read on to find out what she thought...

New York City band Die Pretty has made a name for themselves in the punk scene in New York. Releasing their EP Battle Over Brooklyn, Die Pretty has played on stage with some of the world’s biggest punk rock bands today such as Green Day and Goldfinger. Finding their name from lyrics in a Bad Religion song, they have been compared to bands such as Social Distortion and Pennywise, but have also created a distinctive sound as a female-fronted punk/rock band.

Fronted by Sarah Orloff, the band has a unique rock sound, with a punk/pop twist. The band also features Sarah’s brother Skip, (Guitar/vocals), Tommy Cai (Guitar) and Angelo Merendino (drums). Orloff uses her lyrics to produce a real rock feel to the EP. Think a cross between Hayley Williams from Paramore and Gwen Stefani from No Doubt.
You can tell that the band has grown musically since their 2009 release Bittersweet, which had a strong punk/rock vibe about it. Battle Over Brooklyn has shown how Orsloff and the band have moved away from the typical punk rock record, and have re-invented themselves in the punk/pop scene.

Battle Over Brooklyn has introduced more rock/pop side to the band, but there is still a strong punk feel about the songs, with the heavy guitar and grungy lyrics. The EP is kicked off by ‘Voices’, which gives the EP a highly energetic feel. ‘Voices’ see’s Orsloff vocals become tough and gritty, which lends itself well to the song. The upbeat ‘7th Avenue’ has more of a rock n roll feel to it, one of the more crowd-pleasing songs on the EP. ‘Let Me Out’ is a big rock song with a catchy melody that shows where the bands roots come from.  With the fast guitar and a catchy chorus, it is one of the best tracks from the EP. Orsloff does her best not to overpower the music with her lyrics, which works well with the sound of the band.

With so many female rock bands in the music scene at the moment, Die Pretty is one not to be missed. Mixing old and new elements from the pop/punk scene, Battle Over Brooklyn shows the bands creativity. If this EP is anything to go by, expect big things from Die Pretty. This is one punk/rock band that will leave you wanting more.

 

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