Dads
Pretty Good


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (96 Reviews)
August 15th, 2013 | 68 replies


Release Date: 08/06/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm serious now dad, I listen to Thrice

Shouldn't this band be broken up by now? I mean come on, they're an emo band with one EP and one full length album under their belts, that's usually the time when bands of their kind tip their hat to the crowd and venture off into the woods never to be seen again. But not Dads, no Dads had a twinkle in their eye, and they decided they wanted to grow as a band, expand their influences, and do the almost unthinkable: make a third release. Pretty Good has Dads trying to break out of their feel good jams emo shell a bit and reach new heights, with mixed results.

It's hard for a band that's known for their fun and lighthearted sound to develop. When you add maturity to the songwriting and lyrics you can often compromise these qualities. One is left to think "how far away can a band get from their sound while still retaining their core qualities?" From the Thrice worshipping opening track "My Crass Patch" alone, it would seem Dads have lost that original spark of fun but sad emo jams that fans flocked to in the first place. "My Crass Patch" opens with fast paced double bass drums and a furious tempo that gradually slows down until it reaches this eerie level, and it all sounds very strange coming from Dads. The dissonant and serious tone comes as quite the shock coming from a band who named one of their albums Brush Your Teeth ;) and the song is a major bummer and is most certainly not what I look for in a Dads release. Fortunately the rest of the EP manages to be a bit more like their early releases, while still having a developed sound.

The second and third tracks "Can I Be Yr Deadbeat Boyfriend" and "Boat Rich" with their hammer on/hammer off licks mixed with open note arpeggios, and overall upbeat tone could easily fit in on Dad's full length American Radass. Pretty Good culminates with the remarkable closer "No We're Not Actually," which unlike the opener, it's able to be more mature and complex while still retaining the band's fun tone. The shouting at the end of the track that escalates into a scream "I keep thinking back to all of us in that kitchen on those mornings" packs more of an emotional punch than most of Dads' peers could ever create in an entire album. Dads tried to do something new with Pretty Good and I can appreciate that. The first song is not very good, the next two songs are great, and the closer is excellent. When I put these things together, there's only one thing I can say…..pretty good.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2013


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Can be streamed here:

http://6131records.bandcamp.com/album/pretty-good

If you didn't like the first track, don't worry, the rest is great

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ZippaThaRippa
August 15th 2013


2443 Comments


sick, gonna look into it

InFiction
August 15th 2013


3713 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

My Crass Patch rules wtf are you talking about.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2013


15743 Comments


sounds like the album's pretty good

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2013


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

My Crass Patch is fine I suppose, it's a 3/5

CameoLover
August 15th 2013


415 Comments


so this is pretty good then?

CameoLover
August 15th 2013


415 Comments


shut up, idiot

HypedMerchant
August 15th 2013


333 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

My Crass Patch is awesome. This EP is my favorite material by this band

tommygun
August 15th 2013


25413 Comments


packs more of an emotional bunch


wat

Wolfhorde
August 15th 2013


13688 Comments


punch, obviously. I don't think the first track is bad but I def. appreciate them doing their shtick more.

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JokineAugustus
August 15th 2013


6603 Comments


We got some pretty good dads here.

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tommygun
August 15th 2013


25413 Comments


yea wolfey i know just surprised that slipped through the proofread :]

Wolfhorde
August 15th 2013


13688 Comments


Admit it, you just wanted to be a loud, rude Australian! (did I forget drunk?)

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2013


50960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yeah it's supposed to be punch

dimsim3478
August 15th 2013


5413 Comments


Solid (review and record).

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tommygun
August 15th 2013


25413 Comments


how dare you try to pigeonhole me like that

i am deeply offended

Wolfhorde
August 15th 2013


13688 Comments


Hey, let a German deflect his personal problems by way of national superiority that's not even remotely based in reality! Oh, wait..

Our smoke beer is bangin' tho.

tommygun
August 15th 2013


25413 Comments


hehehe

dude i gotta get my ass to germany it looks so great

BallsToTheWall
August 15th 2013


44805 Comments


Nice review, will listen.

EaglesBecomeVultures
August 15th 2013


5273 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"compromise these quality" you need to proofread better

pretty dec review, hopefully get more ppl to listen to radass



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