PRETTY FLOWERS, THE: Why Trains Crash: LP

Jul 25, 2018

On the spur of the moment, I decided to catch Pretty Flowers at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles. They were the musical guest for Tomorrow! with Ron Lynch, a long-running variety show that begins at midnight. Something about their performance at the Hayworth, to a crowd of maybe fifteen people, solidified it for me: they’re a well-kept secret—a songwriter’s band. The kind of band that deserves heaps of respect for earnestly putting their hearts and souls into crafting a faultless debut LP. Noah Green (Henry Clay People) sings on “Electrical” with aching sincerity, belting lyrics that would be saccharine if delivered by anyone else: “Sunlight’s got a light that’s better / For spitting out cassette tape dreams / On the kitchen floor.” On “Temple of Gunpowder,” Green bends his voice like Built To Spill’s Doug Martsch, channeling their laidback yet infectious melodies. Closer “Deceptionist” showcases swirling dual guitars, ending the record with a sense of finality. Pretty Flowers craft refreshingly unpretentious indie rock. Think The Replacements without the self-destruction. Why Trains Crash will remain on repeat in my car, at home, and at work for a long while. –Sean Arenas (Dirt Cult, dirtcultrecords.wordpress.com, [email protected])

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