Pretty Pretty Awful Exposes New Wounds On “Burn This If I Stay”

With a mean-spirited garage-esque sound, a darkly clever lyrical flair, and a rallying cry of “SO SAD – STILL RAD,” how “awful” can Cleveland-based Punk/Rock trio Pretty Pretty Awful actually be? The band has just dropped its newest single “Burn This If I Stay” on Punkerton Records. The track, the second release for the band, is a raw take on a breakup that musically evokes Alkaline Trio and PUP.

This song tore itself out of me a few months ago during one of the worst times of my life,” explains singer-songwriter Anthony Powers. “I’m sorry I don’t write happy songs. But turning pain into music is the only thing I’m good at. Even then, I’m not all that great at it. But still.

Formed in late 2021 as the side-project of Midwest Emo mainstays, Darling Waste, Pretty Pretty Awful is the little brainchild of Anthony Powers, who takes the helm as songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist of the band. He’s joined by friends and bandmates Donnie Talbott and Lance Waste, rocking the f*ck out of the drums and the f*ck out of literally everything else, respectively.

Mental health advocacy is actually a big part of this project to me,” says Powers. “Most of us have our demons, our skeletons in the closet – these songs are for them. Your depression or anxiety might be part of you, but they don’t make you any less than. You can be a gloomy little raincloud, but still be rad as hell.” Pretty Pretty Awful signed to Punkerton Records out of Columbus, OH, in early 2022 and are slated to release their first EP sometime in the spring.

Burn This If I Stay” is now streaming across all platforms. Listen to it now on Spotify or on YouTube below.

Pretty Pretty Awful Is:

Anthony Powers – Vocals/Guitar
Donnie Talbott – Drums
Lance Waste – Bass/Keys

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