Somerset based quartet Pretty Little Enemy is one of those bands who sound rougher than their name might suggest. Born from the ashes of alternative metal troupe Zoltar Speaks, this two guy, two girl band combine heavy music and powerful female vocals, creating some pretty energetic alternative metal.
Their debut EP ‘Bitch PLEase!’ is packed with loud drums, groovy riffs and good hooks, however, it’s nothing that hasn’t already been done in abundance before. The first track ‘Myles’ (which, in case you were wondering, is named after Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge) starts convincingly heavy, and then, in just few seconds, turns soft and mild, and keeps this heavy/soft bipolarity going all throughout the rest of the song, failing to reach any possible climax.
In ‘Vertebreak’, the band gets more consistent, hinting at regret and angst, yet sounding upbeat and energetic. This song is easy to listen to, however, it may seem a bit too repetitive and a tiny bit dull. ‘What Makes You’ is probably the best track on the EP; it combines layered riffs and angry vocals, and the band has finally hit the nail on the head with lyrics, creating a relatable song that just steams with attitude and emotion. From the chorus (“What makes you so goddamn perfect?”) right up until the end when frontwoman Louise Body spits out the last word “Bitch!”, it’s guaranteed to stir up some emotion in the listener.
Pretty Little Enemy don’t lack the experience nor the energy, and ‘Bitch PLEase!’ is not that bad of a listen – it’s just simply a bit boring. Their musicianship is good, but the lyrics would be better off with less generic phrases and more true feelings. It seems as if the band is a bit too shy to have a bigger attitude and a bit too proud to openly dissect their emotions, so they stay in their comfort zone. And we all know what people say about comfort zones – one should sometimes get out of them to become better. Let’s hope that Pretty Little Enemy do that too.
Written by Raimonda Mikelsone (@_raimondaaa)