Sitting Pretty is a Plymouth, UK-based indie rock band, founded in early 2014 and within a few months of writing and rehearing material, the band was offered their first live gig opening for Ocean Colour Scene‘s and Paul Weller‘s Steve Craddock, and adding to the growing buzz around them, they promptly followed it with a handful of festival sets, including at The Cider Festival, as well as a set at Plymouth’s largest music venue, Plymouth Pavilions before wrapping up the year opening for Cast’s and The La’s John Power‘s acoustic tour. The following year, found the band becoming a figure on the local music scene — an achievement for a scene that predominantly consists of cover bands. Along with that, the band spent 2015 opening for up-and-coming band The Bulletproof Bomb and CAST during their 25th anniversary tour.
The Plymouth-based band’s latest single “Then You Break” reveals a band that specializes in a sound that meshes elements of classic rock, grunge rock, psych rock and indie rock that’s reminiscent of Screaming Trees and Mark Lanegan‘s solo career, as the band pairs fuzzy power chords and anthemic hooks with a propulsive rhythm section — and interestingly enough, the band’s frontman Conor Wilde’s vocal stylings are reminiscent of a young Mark Lanegan. In fact, it shouldn’t surprise you that I immediately thought of Screaming Trees’ “All I Know“ and “Nearly Lost You” but with a expansive song structure.
As the band’s Wilde explains “we started messing around with the riff and melodies for this single, ‘Then You Break’. Lyrically for me the song is about struggling to understand all the shit I see every day and the feelings that come along with it, and the bulk of this song is about being confused and trapped which ironically is what makes everything seem normal for a twenty something year old these days. It has taken us months to get this track off the ground but we had some good advice from Ian Hunter, who invited us out with him last year and he told me that ‘You should always strive to write about something that means a lot to you.’ So I did.”
The band is currently working on their full-length debut, slated for release sometime next year and have been expanding their profile across the UK with opening gigs for Primal Scream, Black Grape, Reverend and The Makers and Foals, as well as Mott the Hoople‘s Ian Hunter. But in the meantime, the recently released video is decidedly 90s grunge rock-inspired, as it features the band performing the song on the street in front of some dramatic and sweeping strobe lights.