Pretty & Nice were an indie pop band based in Boston, known for their unique, new wave-influenced sound. They were active from 2005 to 2014, when they announced an indefinite hiatus.
The band began as the project of Holden Lewis, accompanied by an ever-changing lineup. With help from producer Jeremy Mendicino, the band completed their debut, "Pink & Blue" in 2006, which set the scene for what was to come with its catchy melodies and experimental production techniques. This was followed by the EP "Blue & Blue", mostly containing remixes of songs from their debut.
Their sophomore LP, "Get Young" was released in 2008 on the Sub Pop subsidiary Hardly Art. By this time, the band was steadily gaining traction and Jeremy had become a full time member, contributing to vocals, songwriting and instrumentation. Armed with the single "Tora Tora Tora" and a spot at South by Southwest 2009, the band were on the brink of being the next big thing, but failed to follow up with a second LP quickly enough.
2012 saw the release of the EP "US YOU ALL WE" on the smaller label Equal Vision, which mostly abandoned their dance-punk sound in favor of a more ambiguous indie pop sound. This sound was perfected with their third and final LP, "Golden Rules for Golden People", featuring bassist Roger Lussier who completed the final incarnation of the lineup.
Feeling that it was "just time for a breather", the band split up to work on their own projects in 2014. Their final release was "Infinitely Forever", an EP containing two new songs and several remixes.
Pretty & Nice contains examples of the following tropes:
- Arc Words: "We are all instruments" on Golden Rules for Golden People.
- Expect something about the sun in almost every song.
- Audience Participation Song: The band would usually invite people onstage to play percussion for "Golden Rules".
- Concept Album: Golden Rules for Golden people is roughly about greed and the upper class.
- Design Student's Orgasm: The cover for US YOU ALL WE.
- Fake Loud: Used to great effect on Pink & Blue.
- Last Note Nightmare: The distorted maniacal laughter at the end of "Hey Hey Come On".
- Lyrical Cold Open: "Tora Tora Tora" especially.
- Lucky Charms Title: They have a song called "Q_Q".
- Performance Video: The video for "Q_Q" shows the band performing the song in various locations near SXSW.
- Miniscule Rocking: Their first two albums aren't even 30 minutes long.
- Money Song: "Money Music", "New Czar", and plenty other songs off Golden Rules.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: "Indie pop", "new wave" and "dance punk" don't exactly do their sound justice.
- New Sound Album: Golden Rules for Golden People brought in a whole new array of influences
- Record Producer: Jeremy remained this throughout the band's existence.
- Revolving Door Band: They never could find a permanent bassist or drummer in the early years.
- Signature Song: Arguably "Tora Tora Tora".
- Song Style Shift: One of their most identifiable traits, especially on Golden Rules for Golden People.
- Stop and Go: Very common. One of their early songs is even called "Stop/Start".
- The Four Chords of Pop: Both variations are used in "Lazy Lazy Bumblebee".
- Vocal Tag Team: Holden and Jeremy.