Coming in from Southampton, UK, the 4-piece Alternative-Rock band, The Pretty Visitors, tell the age-old tale of grueling routines with her hard-hitting single, "Head in the Sand."
The Pretty Visitors are quickly expanding their name across the UK and Westland USA & Canada. Through plenty of airtime on BBC Introducing, The Chris Moyles Show (Radio X), This Morning (ITV 1), and more, The Pretty Visitors are demonstrating that they're here to stick around. Through the release of their second single, "Head in the Sand," The Pretty Visitors mentioned that the song is inspired by the never-ending working cycle and wondering when it will end. We love what this powerful tune has to offer through the band's blistering instrumentals that paint a vibrant and angsty atmosphere.
"Head in the Sand" begins with a quick drum beat, a pulsating bassline, fiery lead guitar, and the lead vocalist's charismatic vocals. As he starts singing of the ache in our days and wanting to escape our everyday routine, we can't help but feel this similarity to Matthew Healy. As his rhythmic vocal delivery and been there done that attitude makes for an engaging and exciting experience. As The Pretty Visitors continue to scorch through with their upbeat and beaming instrumentals, we can feel the anger and passion exuding from each instrumental and vocal element this track delivers. From the lead guitar solos to the rhythmic bassline and drum patterns, the song blazes through our speakers and leaves smoke behind.
The Pretty Visitors have released a gripping anthem for our aching day-to-day routines with their single, "Head in the Sand." The boys are not only allowing listeners to loosen up with the help of this fiery tune but their quickly pitching camp amid the heat of the industry.
What pushed your band to create such a lyrically and sonically powerful single with "Head in the Sand?" What inspired the song's lyrical theme of our day-to-day routines?
This creation came about from the day-to-day grind that we universally feel, waking up on a gloomy Monday and going to work at a job you don’t care about. The sinking feeling when you realize the insignificance as to what you’re achieving in the grand scheme of things. I think all of us being a bit older now made this message more apparent to us. We’re out of uni, we’ve completed our apprenticeships, we’ve gained a couple of promotions, what now? Is this it? Those existential questions of ‘what am I here for’ are the real catalyst for the bitter edge that cuts through the song, but we think it still maintains a bit of dark humor at times too.
The instrumental arrangement within your song "Head in the Sand" is incredibly meticulous and rhythmic. Why did you want the song to be so upbeat and lively, and how did you create this sonic tone?
The music really had to be this way. The urgency of the lyrics almost acts as a call for action. They’re impossible to avoid in the song, and so the drums and the bass simply had to drive it forward in a way that complemented the delivery. In the studio, we experimented with the chorus on the bass and doubled up the snare and kick hits on the drums, which really punch in your headphones, along with harmonies in the chorus to really make it gain momentum sonically as the song drives forward. And I can’t even remember how many effects pedals we used with the guitars, but it was probably enough to leave The Edge confused.
Do you have a particular songwriting process that works best for your band?
Each song seems to require different approaches. Generally, one of us will come into a band practice with the skeleton of an idea, and if we all dig it and jam out something half decent, it will often be taken away and lyrics will be added. But sometimes the whole song’s written, sometimes the song’s 3 quarters there and we jam out ideas to finish it, or sometimes it remains a half song for years until we remember it again! It’s all dependent on our moods, the idea, the music - there is a fluidity and freshness to our songwriting in that way I guess.
How did you execute the songwriting for your single, "Head in the Sand?"
Interestingly enough, the song was actually a poem written a couple of years ago on a depressed Sunday evening train from Bristol to Portsmouth. Then one band practice Sam came in with a really energetic bassline which Jack instinctively matched with a solid driving beat and Aaron started experimenting with bends and crazy settings over the top. As they played it it was one of those magic moments where I realized how the poem could be used, added another verse or two, and Head In The Sand just kind of naturally emerged from that.
Seeing as "Head in the Sand" is your band's second released single, how does it contrast your debut single? Do you offer similar or different tones/concepts?
I don’t think they could be any more different in away. The vocals of course will always create unity in our music, but the themes that we’re exploring on Mystery Woman and Head In the Sand contrast massively. Mystery Woman is dreamlike with indecipherable lyrics about a woman from a sequence of dreams (none of us know what they mean!), whereas Head In The Sand is very obvious in its intentions and is really trying to grab your attention. This probably reflects our eclectic tastes in music as a band. I don’t think we’re ever really content to write songs in the same style constantly. We want it to be exciting, and we want to be free to go in the directions we feel like going in.
Do you have any other releases lined up before the end of 2020?
I think our commitment to getting this song into as many ears as we possibly can is a commitment that is going to take us into 2021 unfortunately. We think this is our best song yet and we’re intent on pushing it over the next couple of months, it deserves to be heard. That being said, we have our next single recorded already and I don’t think we can contain our excitement for that one either, so it may not be coming out in 2020, but it won’t be long!