Hotly-tipped London three-piece Dead Pretties have split up, releasing their last track on Soundcloud to mark their passing. “Attention!! It makes us very sad to announce that Dead Pretties is no more,” they said on Facebook on 20th October.
“It’s been a blast and although this is the end of a chapter it is also a new beginning. You will undoubtedly see us playing in new bands and under new names in the near future. We would like to thank all of those who have come to our shows and to those who have helped us along the way. We leave you with a final song, our parting gift,” they said. This”gift” is the song ‘Nothing’, added to Soundcloud the day they split.
GIGsoup caught up with Dead Pretties at their last gig, a stage-diving feast of feral teenage moshing, on 12th October at the Boston Music Room in Tufnell Park, London. Rumours that the band were going to call it a day circulated at the show, but singer/guitarist Jacob Slater was noncommittal after the gig when we asked if they were going to stick together. “Maybe,” was all he would say.
“Guitar music is dead,” Slater joked towards the end of the half hour set of eight cracking songs. The gig was as energetic as usual for a Dead Pretties show, almost toppling a speaker stack, but a sense of something splintering was in the air. Slater and bassist Oscar Browne conferred between songs, as if unsure of the setlist. The set included ‘Confidence’, ‘Teeth’, ‘Water’, ‘Social Experiment’ and ‘Take It Easy’, blending the spirit of rock, snappy melodies, punkabilly, broken syncopated beats and driving rhythms from drummer Ben Firth, and monster guitar riffs and shredding from Slater.
Dead Pretties had been scheduled to support Shame at London’s Scala on 18th October, but pulled out “with great sadness” on the 17th. “We can no longer play this show with Shame at Scala,” they said. “We apologise for any inconveniences caused by this but still strongly urge everyone to head down and bare witness to the other support bands Hotel Lux and The Rhythm Method.”
The band’s final Facebook post a couple of days later was signed simply, “Jacob, Ben, and Oscar x”.