Blending guy/girl vocal trade-offs with an instrumental channeling of shoegaze-meets-early, raw pop, Pity Sex's debut album, Feast of Love, comes as a revival to the slow-dying world of angsty teenage rock. Following the release of their EP, Dark World, and some national touring alongside Dads, the Ann Arbor, Mich. natives have begun to make a name for themselves in the lonely world of dark garage music.
"Don't come too close, don't try to know me," begins "Wind Up," the album's first track, as it sets the pace for the raucous drama to follow. Both lyrically and instrumentally, the album certainly bears nostalgic emo bitterness — the sort one might associate with the likes of Promise Ring, Tigers Jaw and Lemuria. However, unlike those other outfits, Pity Sex is new to the scene.
While the aforementioned emo-pop luminaries either tend to favor the beaten path or call it quits (RIP Tigers Jaw), Pity Sex has managed to create an album suitable for 2013. Comprised of Sean St. Charles, Brennan Greaves, Britty Drake and Brandan Pierce, Pity Sex features feedback-flooded guitar laden with reverb, and back and forth, not-so harmonious vocals.
By incorporating their emotional charge onto lo-fi recordings, Pity Sex has given birth to a new blending of punk and electro distortion which sounds "like sexual napalm," according to one enthusiastic YouTuber.
Though some bands find difficulty making the jump from EP to full album, Pity Sex has comfortably evolved from their six-track EP, released March of last year, creating enough new material to more than sustain their resurgence of heavy pop, fast pickups and youthful frustration on Feast of Love.