To celebrate Pride, we’ll be highlighting a different Irish artist from the LGBTQIA+ community each day in June as part of our Pride Profiles series.
By Clare Martin
Listen If You Like
Girl Band, Suburban Lawns, Pixies
Who They Are
Art-punk trio Pretty Happy are gloriously gritty and unconventional — they have a song called “Mr Crabs,” for fuck’s sake! Made up of siblings Abbey Blake (guitar) and Arann Blake (vocals, bass guitar) as well as drummer Andy Killian, the Cork three-piece have drawn praise for their eccentric vocal performances and frenetic, guitar-driven tunes. Listening to them feels like someone left the tap on at full blast, washing you away with noise and raw energy.
“Salami” is their most-played song on Spotify, charging you head-on with outlandish lyrics and off-kilter guitar. Their latest release, “Sea Sea Sea,” specifically delves into queer identity and the limitations of gender roles. Abbey’s delivery is steeped in sarcasm as she sings, “Your daughter wants to ride a motorcycle / You can’t handle it / She’s your only son.” Her activism also extends to life outside the band: Abbey founded the Angry Mom Collective, a Cork-based group dedicated to supporting women and queer people in the Irish music scene. With an EP due out later this year, we’ve plenty to look forward to from Pretty Happy.