Pretty Mighty Mighty – Famous Past Lives

Pretty Mighty Mighty
Famous Past Lives

Pretty Mighty Mighty are one of those bands that you feel like you should have heard of long ago. Their style of music is exactly what I was searching for a short time ago when the emo-rock/pop sound was new and fresh to me. (Now I search for all music.) Combining the melodic nature of emo from bands like Mineral and Cross My Heart with a more straight-ahead, blaring wall of guitar sound and some empathic, moving vocals, Pretty Mighty Mighty have crafted a fine rock album. The production is perfect, the songs are different and powerful, and the vocal style fits exactly. Apparently, there’s violin used in here, but you can’t really hear it except in occasional touches and brief blasts of noise.
Why doesn’t it blow me away? Perhaps because it’s so well mixed, almost flawless. Perhaps because it’s not completely unique. I have listened to this album repeatedly, and the songs make me rock out without fail. It’s an excellent album, just one that seems to be holding something back
“My Own Type” is an excellent example of the band’s style of rock. With time changes, quick stops and some sweet melodic guitar, it’s a pretty rock song that picks up behind a wall of guitars and more powerful vocals. The blaring guitars during the chorus of “Media King” is an excellent way to pick up this song. At times, I get an almost Breeders feel from this one. “Ski Instructor” is one of my favorite songs, with its slower start and the short hits of noise and the way the guitar/violin swirl around each other. You can tell the violin is being used here, but it’s mixed way in the background. “Best of the Worst” has a very poppy melody, and it will have you singing along in no time. “Tubby” has an intensity about it and some amazing guitar, plus I love the way singer Jon Chinn sings at the end. “St. Louis” is probably one of the strongest tracks, with some incredible melodic guitars and double vocals. “Crane Operation Prestige” has some driving, crunching guitar and some excellent intensity to the vocals. “8HZ” also has some layers of impressive guitar. And the album finishes with the slower, softer, gentler ballad, “Tidal Wave.”
I can’t say I care for the band name. Wouldn’t one Mighty be enough? Regardless, PMM have all it takes to have a hit on their hand in the indie/emo crowd. With moving vocals, pretty and melodic guitar, and the driving bursts of noise that shake things up, they have crafted one fine rock song after another. Perhaps it sounds too easy, or maybe it just is easy for this band. Either way, it’s one to watch out for.