SINGLE REVIEW: Pretty Mafia – ‘Benny Blanco’


Pretty Mafia (a band name I happen to think is very very cool) do indie rock, and in the case of ‘Benny Blanco’ gritty indie rock. It’s the tale of a modern-day gangster influenced by classic 90’s gangster epic screenplays.

Actually to describe this as indie rock is somewhat misleading, because what this actually sounds like is a cross between Oasis and a spaghetti western soundtrack. Yes it’s all twanging guitars, drawled vocals, that shuffle groove and clever chanted backing vox.

What makes this extra special is the guitar; the guitar is spectacular It would actually work instrumentally, it’s that good. But it’s not an instrumental – and that’s a fab thing because the words and the lead vocals are fab.

Add to this some clever drumming – an object lesson in less is more. A groove to die for, and you have something fucking brilliant. Something that’s fantastic musically and lyrically, and is done in a very unexpected way.

Get to it people!

The info

Pretty Mafia are a 4-piece indie rock band from Wakefield, West Yorkshire – that made waves with their introduction to the music scene at the start of lockdown in 2020, formerly known as Ascendo.


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