Pretty Little Enemy, the Somerset based self-proclaimed “metal ABBA”, are a rarity in today’s music climate, where it’s surprisingly rare to find a sound that is completely refreshing. Their aptly and somewhat crudely titled sophomore EP ‘Second Load’ is stamped with their riff-filled brand of heavy pop music, and another positive step towards standing beside their established peers.
Vocalist Louise Body has an almost theatrical quality to her voice. There’s a slight reminiscence to older power metal and progressive rock bands that seep through in her tone, and also a strong resemblance to Coheed & Cambria which makes for a winning combination.
‘Get A Grip’ is immediate in showcasing Body‘s vocal abilities, and the strong instrumentation that make Pretty Little Enemy a force to be reckoned with. While the verses leave room for drummer Benjamin Dean to squeeze in some impressive double pedal work, the chorus allows lead guitarist Georgia Bell to deliver an infectious ascending groove. To top things off the chorus guitar line compliments the vocal melody perfectly, and makes ‘Get A Grip’ one hell of an opening song.
‘Play By The Rules’ is another stand-out track on the EP. It feels like it’s pulsing with venom as Body cries “You feed the poison and you blame me when I hate” before a cascading bout of riffs carry back into the verses. It’s a hectic example of the band’s heavier side, and it packs a formidable punch.
Overall, while the riff-driven formula does tend to get slightly repeptive, Pretty Little Enemy have still delivered a solid EP in ‘Second Load’, filled with dynamics and giving each musician their particular moment to shine. If future releases are as strong as this, then they’re looking at an extremely bright future.
Written by Phoebe Constable (@phoebecnstable)