The Pretty Littles Release Guitar Swelling, 8 Minute New Single, ‘Australian Dream’

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The Pretty Littles Release Guitar Swelling, 8 Minute New Single, ‘Australian Dream’

Words by Staff Writer

Naarm indie rockers, The Pretty Littles announce new single 'Australian Dream' out through Endless Records. 

Coming in at 8 minutes in length, ‘Australian Dream’ sees The Pretty Littles, known for their social commentary, bare their heart on their sleeve, challenging the delusion of the traditional idea of an idyllic Australian life. The single comes ahead of them hitting the road with The Smith Street Band on their 15 Year Anniversary Tour.

The Pretty Littles Tour With The Smith Street Band

  • Fri 22 Mar – Factory Theatre, Sydney / Eora
  • Sat 23 Mar – King St Bandroom, Newcastle / Mulubinba
  • Fri 29 Mar – The Northern, Byron Bay / Cavanbah
  • Sat 30 Mar – Princess Theatre, Brisbane / Meanjin
  • Sat 6 April – The Gov, Adelaide / Tarntanya
  • Sun 7 Apr – The Gov, Adelaide / Tarntanya
  • Thurs 11 Apr – The River Hotel, Margaret River / Wooditup
  • Fri 12 Apr – Freo Social, Fremantle / Walyalup
  • Sat 13 Apr – Indian Ocean Hotel, Scarborough / Boodjar
  • Thurs 18 Apr – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine / Dja Dja Wurrung
  • Fri 19 Apr – Northcote Theatre, Melbourne / Naarm
  • Sat 20 Apr – Torquay Hotel, Torquay / Wadawurrung

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Following 6 albums including the 2018, Skeleton Run, an EP and countless singles since their inception, ‘Australian Dream’ is five years in the making.

Frontman Jack Parsons explains, “Australian Dream took me 5 years to write. I gave up on it a hundred times, but something kept drawing me back to chip away at it”.

Working with Greg Reitwyk of Press Club, who also worked on Skeleton Run, Parsons found himself alone in the studio prepared to tackle a different song when the other band members couldn’t attend the session, leading to Parsons chopping through the unfinished song. The songwriter was unexpectedly joined by all the rest of The Pretty Littles including their new drummer JP who had returned from a trip to America that very day. ‘Australian Dream’ transpired in a couple of hours from there.

Preparing for their new album cycle the track comments on the harmful nature of the “she’ll be right” mentality that exists in suburban homes.

“The song is about my disillusion with every ideal we are force fed in Australia,” Jack explains.

“The supposed cornerstones of our young proud country which insidiously permeate through our lives, into our living rooms and under our rugs. We are a sad, lonely and broken country which survives on propaganda, spin and confusion.”

Before adding, “It goes for 8 fucken minutes.”

The Pretty Littles “Australian Dream” is out now through Endless Recordings. Tickets to see them live supporting The Smith Street Band can be purchased here.