Ann Arbor quartet Pity Sex aren’t reinventing the wheel; their fuzzy shoegaze pop is a direct descendent of Dinosaur Jr., Pixies, and My Bloody Valentine. Of course, the same could be said of roughly half the bands on the planet. What separates Pity Sex is their impeccable songwriting — beneath all that reverb and echo is a series of gloriously infectious hooks — and the tag-team vocals provided by co-frontpersons Brennan Greaves and Britty Drake. On the band’s 2013 debut LP, Feast Of Love, Greaves and Drake trade off lead duties on successive tracks, giving the album the push-pull feel of a long conversation over a life-changing night full of inebriants, furtive glances, heartfelt confessions, and massive epiphanies. – Michael
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