“Wind-Up” - Pity Sex
First things first: I seem to remember myself lazily lumping in this fuzzy little quartet in with the emo scene when their excellent Dark World EP rolled out last year. Shame on me, because “shoegazey indie pop” and “90’s nostalgiac alt-rock” are far better descriptors of this skuzzy guitar pop. Also, the release of their debut full-length Feast of Love (with its lethargic orgy album art) on Run For Cover Records is also far more fitting than I realized; after listening to “Wind-Up” for the first time and spotting the label’s name, I immediately thought of another recent RFC release that had my 90’s alt-rock nostalgia senses tingling: Daylight’s Jar.
I like what I’ve heard from Pity Sex even more than what I’ve heard from Daylight, whose new release is thrilling and fun in its own right. That six song EP from Pity Sex was one of my favorite little releases of 2012, and this new, Stereogum-premiered single is a brief yet absolutely outstanding blend of said skuzzy guitars, a dizzyingly strong drive, morose mood, and shoegaze vocals that are melodious, lively,
Also in the Pity Sex’s favor - the band hails from my favorite Michigan city, Ann Arbor. Feast of Love is due out on RFC on June 25th, well after many of us will have seen them on tour with TWIABP&IANLATD and Dads. These band names, I just… I love them [link].
- Tyler Hanan