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Pretty Girls Make Graves Celebrate 20 Years Of “The New Romance” – 20th Anniversary Reissue Out Via Matador Records

September 7, 2023
Credit: Michael Lavine 

PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF 
‘THE NEW ROMANCE’ 

WHITE VINYL REISSUE OUT NOVEMBER 3rd
DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION WITH TWO EXTRA TRACKS
OUT TODAY

It’s time to celebrate the iconic 20th anniversary of Pretty Girls Make Graves’ sophomore album, ‘The New Romance’. Originally released in 2003, this was the Seattle punk band’s Matador Records debut. 

After more than a decade out of print, the album will return to us in a limited edition white vinyl pressing in stores on November 3rd. Pre-order that HERE.

A deluxe digital version also lands today on digital services and features two b-sides “Magic Lights”, newly available on streaming, and a cover of Bow Wow Wow’s home-taping anthem, “C-30 C-60 C-90 Go!” Also posted are remastered music videos for singles “All Medicated Geniuses” and “This is Our Emergency”. 

Singer Andrea Zollo and guitarist J. Clark guest on the latest installment of Matador’s Revisionist History podcast series alongside producer Phil Ek and our host, Matt Sweeney. In the podcast, Zollo and Clark go deep on the band’s early years, talking influences (Drive Like Jehu, Ink & Dagger, Fugazi), rock band do’s / don’ts, and what it’s like to practice riffs in a freezing cold paper mache igloo. You can listen to that podcast HERE.

Pretty Girls Make Graves formed in Seattle in 2001. The members – Andrea Zollo, Derek Fudesco, J. Clark, Nick Dewitt, and Nathan Thelen – were already local underground luminaries, owing to their time in punk and hardcore bands like Death Wish Kids, Area 51, and Murder City Devils. 

The quintet released an EP, a handful of 7” singles, and a full-length, Good Health (Lookout! Records), before getting a cold email from Matador Records founder Chris Lombardi, who may or may not have read a positive review in Pitchfork. A deal was struck and the band decamped to the bucolic Bear Creek studio to track ‘The New Romance’ with Ek. 

The reissue serves as the latest entry in Matador Records’ Revisionist History series, our ongoing campaign to jog the record-buying (and streaming!) public’s memory about our many catalog items now poised to celebrate a significant anniversary.

Over the course of the year, Matador will mark these anniversaries with new reissues and re-pressings. Each release will be accompanied by unreleased music, photos, and videos.

‘The New Romance’ Digital Deluxe Edition Tracklist

1. Something Bigger, Something Brighter
2. The Grandmother Wolf
3. Mr. Club
4. All Medicated Geniuses
5. Blue Lights
6. Chemical, Chemical
7. 7.
8. The Teeth Collector
9. Holy Names
10. The New Romance
11. This is Our Emergency
12. A Certain Cemetery 

https://prettygirlsmakegraves.bandcamp.com/

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