Boston's Aviator were one of the more underrated post-hardcore/melodic hardcore bands of the 2010s, with two very good albums on No Sleep (2014's Head In The Clouds, Hands In The Dirt and 2017's Loneliness Leaves the Light On For Me), as well as some EPs/splits/demos, but they quietly called it quits a couple years ago, and guitarist Mat Morin and drummer Aviv Marotz formed a new band, Pretty/Normal, with Kayla Morin and vocalist Quinn Murphy of Providence hardcore band Verse. Their self-titled debut EP gets released this Friday (3/19) via No Sleep, and we're premiering a full stream of it in this post.
Though Aviator and Verse both learn hardcore, Pretty/Normal is a more melodic and atmospheric band, somewhere between '90s post-hardcore like Far, Quicksand, and Jawbox and newer stuff like Title Fight and Balance & Composure, but their roots still come through in the heavy undertones. The EP puts a fresh spin on this familiar sound, and Pretty/Normal really bring something new to the table. The songs also come with deep, personal lyrics, as Quinn explains: