Pretty Visitors
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Pretty Visitors

Laredo, Texas, United States | SELF

Laredo, Texas, United States | SELF
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"Pretty Visitors"

When life hands you lemons.....write a song. That's what singer Tony Shepherd and drummer Felipe Gutierrez decided to do in May 2010 when they added guitarist Albert Garza to the mix. His blistering guitar combined with Tony's melodic heartfelt lyrics and Felipe's dance-party rhythms have garnered them comparisons to groups as diverse as Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer....... - Pop Vulture Magazine

"Making Noise: Pretty Visitors"

"There are many milestones that an independent band goes through, but by far the biggest has to be releasing your first album....Pretty Visitors have reached this very milestone. The recently released self-titled debut is an ambitious, roller coaster of dynamics both sonically and emotionally that's a great listen for fans of Stone Temple Pilots and Radiohead." - Sledge Magazine

"Pretty Visitors Prep Debut Album"

“Due to be released in June, (their debut album) will reflect the bands' wide range of influences. From Radiohead to Kanye West, Pretty Visitors does not put limits on its sound.” - Laredo Morning Times


Debut Single "Down The Line" - June 2012
Debut Album "Self-Titled" - July 2012



Whether theyre playing locally in Laredo, Texas or across the state in Austin, San Antonio or Corpus Christi, everyone asks the three high-energy rockers where they got their cool collective name Pretty Visitors.

Its actually a song from the Arctic Monkeys album Humbug, says frontman and bassist Tony Shepherd. We have such different tastes and bring a lot of different influences to the group, from Stone Temple Pilots to Kasabian, Muse, The Beatles, Radiohead, even Kanye West. But we bonded over the Arctic Monkeys. Since launching in mid-2010, Albert Garzas blistering guitar, combined with Shepherds heartfelt lyrics and drummer Felipe Gutierrezs explosive dance-party rhythms, have earned them comparisons to everyone from Smashing Pumpkins to Weezer. Transcending the usual stylistic limits of traditional modern rock bands, Pretty Visitors blend exciting melodic sensibilities with the blistering vibe of contemporary alt-rock, fusing a variety of genres in their path.

Pretty Visitors got off to a blazing start, selected in its infancy as winner of the RMX Battle of the Bands. This resulted in an invite to perform before 50,000 people at the 2010 RMX 212 Festival in Guadalajara, Mexicoas the only American band on a bill of artists from all over the world. They started booking hip venues like Headhunters in Austin and The Raven Hookah Lounge in San Antonio and soon began writing songs together.

When Shepherd originally met Gutierrez, he was longtime frontman with a popular local band called Blind Reign. They were playing a gig with a brand new drummer who wasnt cutting it. Gutierrez came up and said, You guys are awesome, but you need a better drummer. Shepherd laughed it off but took Gutierrez more seriously a few months later when the drummer came up to him again and said he would love to play with the band sometime. Blind Reign had a gig lined up out of town that their current drummer couldnt make, so Gutierrez got his shot and had two days to get ready. He blew everyone away and a new musical partnership was born. Frustrated with the constant turnover in guitarists, Shepherd and Gutierrez soon decided to start a new group with a fresh sound. Gutierrez told him about Garza, his old friend who was in a metal band but who wanted to branch off into more straightforward rock.

Its funny, but the first time I met Albert was when I was in Blind Reign and we wanted to bring in a second guitarist, says Shepherd. But he did a tryout gig with us on a freezing 30 degree night in Laredo and we just werent feeling it. Two years later, when we started Pretty Visitors, Felipe brought him in and there was an instant chemistry. All the heavy guitar work in our sound is him, and we love the modern rock sensibility he brings. What makes the band work so well is that all of us are very open-minded. One day well write a rock song and the next a waltz-like piece. We even did one track with a trombone solo. Every song has its own little flavor to it.

Ever the heartfelt lyricist, Shepherd infuses the infectious pop/rock driven first single Down The Line with an honest assessment of himself as a man about to be married. In the song, he evolves from the mentality of the bachelor who doesnt want to change his ways to a mature man who accepts that being in the relationship will make him a better person and thats worth adjusting to. Better Man continues that emergence into adulthood theme, acknowledging that as he leaves his carefree days of youth behind, he will probably disappoint people but Im trying to live my life as well as I can. The singers first attempt to write a true story song, the quirky, hypnotic mid tempo rocker Francis Bucket Lost Her Head has a fascinating origin. He had just gotten a new smart phone and while it was in his pocket, he butt surfed the internet and it locked onto a page in the San Francisco Chronicle with a headline that read Francis Bucket Committed to Insane Asylum for Killing Children. Shepherd explores the possible reasons for what she did and the way things from childhood can haunt people as adults.

We love a variety of music and are not contained to one thing, Shepherd says. Our album truly represents the varied influences we have. As a group, we change our sound often, to a certain extent. One day well feel like playing a straight-up rock song, the next we feel like quieting down and doing an acoustic track. We wear our influences on our sleeve, but always make sure it has a unique Pretty Visitors stamp on it.

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