Artist: Die Pretty
Beyond Fate is a new 20-track double album from Brooklyn band Die Pretty. The band formed in 2008 and this is their 2nd studio album. Since it is so many tracks I’m not going to do a track by track with a ton of detail, but I’ll walk you through some brief impressions.
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Although album opener “Medicated Nation” is their first single, I prefer the second song “Voices”. It’s got a nice guitar line and overall feels more melodic to me. “Let Me Out” is a more pop-punk-y track, reminiscent of Paramore a little bit. It’s upbeat and pretty good. My big complaint is that there seems to be a lot of filters going on with the vocals. I’d prefer them less filtered. “Two Hearts” sounds vaguely 80′s-ish and I mean that in a good way. It’s got a sort of Blondie thing going for it. I really like that the band has a pretty varied selection of songs and it was smart to start out the album with such a nice selection.
“Girls and Boys” is where we hit even more pop-punk, this time a little more traditional. I like the chorus to this one which seems tailored really perfectly to singing along to at a show. Once again there’s some annoying vocal filtration that takes away from this being really great. “Grin and Bear It” is more straight punk and pretty solid. “7th Ave” is the slowest we’ve gotten yet although it’s pretty fast paced as well. This one is more on the alternative variety and would probably sound pretty great on the radio. “My Own Mind” starts out with a great guitar track that leads into a really good track, once again this one has a bit of an 80′s tinge to it to me but in a good way.
“Microphone” is one of my favorite tracks off of Beyond Fate. It’s got a Chili Peppers thing going on a little bit branching out into something Paramore-ish. It’s got a nice tempo and good feel about it that I really enjoyed. I could listen to this one over and over. I think this could be a big hit. “We Will Make It” brings us back to harder rock with a more NYC punk sound. Another solid track that I could see being really popular. “Out of This Mess” continues in the punk genre. I like the vocals here a lot, although they still seem to have that weird filter on them like they’re being held back.
“Hey Girl” starts with guitar and vocals by themselves and then the drums join in and this is another Paramore-esque track of alternative/pop-y goodness. Also another potential hit. “Stupid Boy” is more of a fun song. Lyrically it’s sorta Ramones-esque. I really liked this. “Angels” is straight pop-punk that’s not the best, but it’s still not bad. I feel like I’d like it live. “Can You Hear Me” brings the straighter rock back and it’s easy to groove to. Another catchy song. “Paint it Red” is all about going out and having fun and I feel like this is a subject that’s been done to death and it’s not done as well as it could be here.
“Heart of Stone” is a pop-punk song that’s pretty average. Once again I feel it’s just missing something original. It’s not bad, just not special. “Soaked in Sin” is more solid rock and a pretty good song, especially if you like something a little harder. “Knife Bullet Noose” is another fast song with a punk rock vibe. It has that average vibe to it still though. “Goodbye” closes out the album with an alternative/heavy track featuring a duet. It’s a really good song and a great closer.
Overall I enjoyed Beyond Fate and I’d recommend those who are into pop-punk, especially female fronted, check out Die Pretty. As they are a NYC band, most of their dates are in NYC but check their webpage for updates. You can get links to all their social networks from there as well.
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