Seattle Alternative band PRETTY AWKWARD have released a new video for “Castle Walls” - watch Here.
This is the 2nd single from their recently released debut album Get Weird.
The band’s Nicholas Wiggins says “This song “CASTLE WALLS” is for the underdog. The person that feels the odds and the world are stacked against them. The ones that keep fighting each day to overcome and triumph - We see you! We wrote ‘Castle Walls’ our very first session with (Mark Jackson and Ian Scott). Austin already had the first verse/chorus lyrics and melody bouncing around from the morning. When we got in the room Mark and Ian got to work on the music after hearing the idea and by the time the structure and sounds of the song came together we had the rest of lyrics finished. It all came together so smooth and exactly how we all visualized. In just a couple hours we had this special piece of art and all of us were bouncing off the walls rocking out to the song! We left the session blasting it on speakers that day. This feeling we had really found that next element of PRETTY AWKWARD we had been wanting to add to our new album “GET WEIRD”.
He continues “We wanted to really show the raw live elements of our band. No gimmicks, lights, or smoke. Just ourselves on a blank canvas rocking out, getting weird, having fun. The music video was filmed at Olympic Studios by Derek Klein – I directed and edited the video".
About the album, PRETTY AWKWARD say “The album got its name GET WEIRD from our song that’s the title track. It was one of the last few songs we wrote along with “Bad Habit” that we instantly felt had to be on this album. Since we call ourselves PRETTY AWKWARD - it only made absolute sense to us to call the album GET WEIRD. Nothing about this band has ever been normal and we might as well embrace our true selves. We want everyone to go out and GET WEIRD because this human experience is PRETTY AWKWARD, when you think about it. I hope fans truly feel our energy of this playful dance we like to have with the universe in our music. Join us on this GET WEIRD wave and see where we take you!"
1). Hang Out
2). Misfits (Video)
3). Get Weird
4). Bad Habit
5). Castle Walls (Video)
6). Higher (Video)
7). Woozy (Video)
8). Long Gone
9). Bored (Video)
10). Dangerous Love
A tour is being booked to launch in early 2024.
About PRETTY AWKWARD:
The band’s Austin Held (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards) and Nicholas Wiggins (Bass, Piano) have been friends since they were young and grew up together in West Seattle. That long-time chemistry resonates throughout their music and shows their diverse musical tastes. Their sound is a mosaic of cinematic keys, delicate guitars, and clever and catchy lyrics. Being fans of all genres of music, PRETTY AWKWARD have a wide spectrum of influences ranging from Pop to Rock and Hip Hop along with EDM, resulting in familiar sounds to such artists as Twenty One Pilots, OneRepublic and Bastille.
The music proves as unpredictable as it does undeniable. “We just sort of make what naturally comes out of us,” says Nicholas. “We never try to sound a certain way or do a certain thing.” Austin agrees, saying “We go all over the spectrum. “There are parts that are Alternative Rock (“Misfits”; “Bored”), but there’s an Anthemic electronic influence, too (“Higher”). You might find some hip-hop vibes in there (“Bad Habit”) and we are definitely Pop at points (“Hang Out”).
In the end, PRETTY AWKWARD makes a real connection with fans by simply being themselves. They’ve being playing sold-out shows in the Northwest and throughout the West Coast since their inception. “I just hope you can relate when you listen to us,” Austin leaves off. “If somebody takes away anything, it’s this level of relatability. You can interpret these songs in so many different ways. That’s a beautiful thing. The message is breathe, relax, and chill. It might sound like a pipe dream, but what else really matters? Life should be fun. We’re here to enjoy ourselves and play music.” Nicholas adds, “We all feel a little awkward sometimes in our lives. There is beauty and growth in those moments. That’s why we are all PRETTY AWKWARD.”
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