Pretty Sick shares new single ‘Black Tar’, debut album due Sept 30th

By August 17, 2022 News, Sheffield

London-based, New York City-rooted band Pretty Sick shares ‘Black Tar’, the second offering from their forthcoming debut album Makes Me Sick Makes Me Smile due September 30th via Dirty Hit. Layered with guitar and strings, the new track is about confusing feelings brought on by a suffocating, toxic relationship.

Alongside the new single Pretty Sick have announced their headline tour across North America. The 21-date run will begin in Denver on October 28th with stops in Chicago, Portland, Los Angeles, Austin and Washington, D.C. before wrapping up in New York City on November 21st. Prior to the US dates, Pretty Sick will be supporting beabadoobee across her UK and Ireland tour this October. Tickets are on sale now and full tour routing can be found below.

The new song follows lead single ‘Human Condition’, which arrived with Frank Lebon-directed surreal visuals of vocalist Sabrina Fuentes crowded by a troop of suit-donning bodyguards and surveyed through various screens in homes throughout the city.

With Fuentes’ relocation to London after spending all of her life in New York, the new project sees her juxtapose a life between the two cities. A fully-realized, visceral experience that’s both blunt, bleak and stubbornly romantic, it weaves together the heady visions of prior EPs Come Down and Deep Divine into an uncompromising portrait that’s point-blank and personal. In addition to Fuentes on bass, Pretty Sick is also guitarist Orazio Argentero, who also plays in South London experimental outfit Paddywak, and drummer Ava Kaufman.

Makes Me Sick Makes Me Smile contemplates the complex ties of finding a home within a scene. Fuentes grew up in Manhattan, and assumed she’d carry on working after various fashion internships at VFILES and Helmut Lang, until she had a life-changing conversation at a dinner party where an acquaintance pulled her aside and was adamant she get out. Across the 12 tracks, Fuentes grapples with her claustrophobic surroundings, and the idea that the environment you exist in can be a matter of life or death. Chock full of flashbacks to anxiety and the warped sense of realism that comes from teetering on the precipice, Fuentes recalls toxic relationships, power imbalances and a myriad of dangerous situations that she notes, “still keep me up at night.”

Check out ‘Black Tar’, and pre-order/save Makes Me Sick Makes Me Smile above, see full tour routing below.

Upcoming Live Dates
*=supporting beabadoobee

4/10 – Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia Theatre*
5/10 – Belfast, UK @ Ulster Hall*
7/10 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy Bristol*
8/10 – Norwich, UK @ University of East Anglia Union – The Nick Rayns LCR*
10/10 – Nottingham, UL @ Rock City*
11/10 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK @ O2 Academy Newcastle*
13/10 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy*
14/10 – Sheffield, UK @ Foundry*
15/10 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom*
17/10 – Brighton, UK @ Chalk*
18/10 – Southampton, UK @ Engine Rooms*
19/10 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton*

24/10 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
25/10 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
26/10 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
28/10 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
29/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
31/10 – Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall
1/11 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile – Madame Lou’s
3/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of Th Hill
5/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge
6/11 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
8/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
10/11 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
11/11 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
12/11 – Denton, TX @ Andy’s Bar & Grill
14/11 – Nashville, TN @ Third Man Records – Blue Room
15/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
17/11 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
18/11 – Washington, DC @ DC9
19/11 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
20/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
21/11 – New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom

Pretty Sick
Makes Me Sick Makes Me Smile
Dirty Hit
Sept 30th 2022

1.Yeah You
3.Human Condition
6.Black Tar
8.Lilith Song
10.Self Fulfilling Prophecy
11.Saturn Return

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