Pretty City are one of the hardest working bands in Melbourne. Clocking over 200 shows in just a few years, they are fierce performers. Now about to hit the road on their Triple A-side single tour to release their latest singles (that’s right 3 at once!) We caught up with them to chat about touring and their Melbourne show at Hugs & Kisses this weekend.
You’ve played over 200 shows! How do you keep the live experience exciting?
We all absolutely love playing live, so it’s never a chore to hit the stage. But we have definitely tried to refine the live show constantly moving between songs nice and smoothly. We also change the order of songs, adding new ones and old ones where we can. We also spur each other on when we’re on stage, which keeps us all on our toes.
You’ve just finished a residency at The Workers Club and now you’re going on tour this week. How do find touring as opposed to residencies?
The residency was really fantastic. It felt like we had a home ground that was really comfortable and friendly each week. Touring is more exciting, but definitely more draining and potentially nerve racking, as you’re not always sure what venues you’re heading into. Having said that, getting out on the road with the guys is a heap of fun, and playing new venues in locations outside your home town is really rewarding.
Playing so many shows locally and interstate there can’t be many places you havent played yet. Are there?
We’ve played all of the cities that we’re visiting before, but there are a few new venues, which is really exciting. I think all of the venues except Adelaide are new to us, so it should be really exciting.
The Melbourne show this Saturday at Hugs & Kisses – tell us about the new Melbourne venue?
I don’t actually know much about it. I’ve got some mates who go there for DJ nights and they have all raved about it. But I’m really intrigued and excited to get in there and get some rock happening.
What can we expect on Saturday?
It’s a massive line up on Saturday. We’ve got our mates, The Rollercanes opening up. Then it’s the psyche/prog/rock awesomeness of Fierce Mild. Then Magic America are hitting the stage. We haven’t played with them for ages, but we played some shows back in our (and their) early days, so we’re all pumped to have them on board. We’ve also got special guest DJs in between the bands including a couple of sets from Flyying Colours, which will be great.