Portland, OR's Strange & the Familiars (led by Stephanie Strange) take inspiration from "... the fantastical comic book themes of Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore, the gothic humor of Tim Burton, and the dramatic flair of live storytelling theatre." Regular readers of If It's Too Loud... are going to immediately think of bands like Charming Disaster and Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys, and that will be accurate. "Pretty Deadly" has the drama of both of those bands, and it combines dark folk, cabaret, and indie rock in a unique way. It even boasts a truly impressive loud/quiet/loud dynamic. The quiet parts remind me a lot of the more folk side of The Huntress and Holder of Hands, and the loud is just straight up (ish?) rock and roll. Any time an artist reminds me of a few of my favorites but in a truly unique way, I'm going to be fully on board!
You can watch the video for "Pretty Deadly" below. Strange World is due out October 31. For more on Strange & the Familiars, check out the artist's website. If you happen to be in Portland, OR, they are playing October 31 at Jack London Revue.