By – Jackie Lo
If you like: Slutever, Charly Bliss, Girlpool, Vivian Girls, Wednesday
The first time I heard Pouty was when they became the “Song of the Week” here on Substrate Radio back in September when their song “Virgos Need More Love” was released. I loved the catchy chorus, I am always a sucker for fuzzy power pop, and it was also my partner’s birthday that week, who is a Virgo. Hook. Line. Sinker. What I didn’t realize was that Pouty was Rachel Gagliardi’s newest project, who I was already a fan of from their work in Slutever.
In 2016, Slutever’s song “Smother” made my list of best songs of the year and that entire album ‘Almost Famous’ was a favorite with “Maggot” and “Teen Mom” joining the roster of fantastic songs. Do yourself a favor and go put that album on sometime this week after listening to Gagliardi’s new project Pouty’s new album ‘Forgot About Me’.
‘Forget About Me’ starts with my favorite track on the album “Salty”. It quietly opens with “Here I am licking my own wounds. Begging you all for forgiveness…” making you think it might be a sad sweet song but then the chorus kicks you in the teeth with “I bet you almost forgot about me..” and you know you’re in for one hell of a ride. This line, which the album is named after, captures the tone for the entire album. It’s an artist finding their voice, coming to terms with having put other things ahead of themself, and coming out the other side stronger, louder, and more confident.
“The Big Stage” is next on the album and is an empowering love story about performing and making dreams come true. This song is what it feels like when you get out of your own way. “Bridge Burner” brings in a southern twang this Southerner loves. With a little slide guitar and sweet vocals, it feels like a Wednesday or Waxahatchee-esque love ballad that will make every heart ache at the line “I’m a bridge burner watching this match turn to ash”.
One of my favorite tracks on the album is “Kill A Feeling”. It’s an absolute rocker with smashing drums, a wailing guitar solo, fuzzy vocal effects, and then a fun bridge/outro that will make any Veruca Salt fan smile at the perfect combination of vocal harmonies and fuzzy guitar. That little surprise might be my favorite part of the whole album which is saying a lot because there are so many great parts.
Go give Pouty’s debut album ‘Forget About Me’ a listen today and find your own favorite parts. It’s out today on Get Better Records. I promise you won’t be able to forget about this one.
Written by: Jackie Lo
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