NICOTINE PRETTY - REAL LIFE GLORIES E.P.
When the rock'n'roll map of the World was drawn, it's a safe bet to say that Bridgend was not highlighted. But it's obvious from the opening salvo of their new EP "REAL LIFE GLORIES" that NICOTINE PRETTY are intent on changing matters.
These tracks have been forged from the adversity of their recent history and they come out swinging on opening track "Bygone Boy". Their influences of Johnny Thunders, Cheap Trick, early Manics and The Professionals are obvious, as the rolling thunder of their aural assault clears away the cobwebs of a self imposed hiatus.
More Pistols-like guitar and drums on "Bad Whiskey" keeps the momentum going and highlights again the often overlooked song writing ability of front man Ginge Knievil, who was responsible for all bar one of the tracks on the EP. Whilst the laurels of Welsh music are somewhat lazily reserved for the chosen few, it is time his abilities were truly recognised for both his past and present body of work.
The last two tracks are re-recordings of both sides of their 2017 DIY single and, given that it only had a limited run of 100 copies, both are deserving of a wider audience. The sound is definitely cleaner and more professional than originally but none of the raw, balls out rock'n'roll intensity has been lost in the re-recording.