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Sick Sad World Survival Guide
Pity Party Sick Sad World Survival Guide Punk Rock Theory
Tuesday, August 22, 2023 - 14:47
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After having supported Jawbreaker, The Ergs and Bad Cop/Bad Cop and having dipped their toes in international touring back in 2019, Bay Area emo/pop-punk band Pity Party is now hungry for more. And more apparently starts with ‘Sick Sad World Survival Guide,’ a 6-song EP featuring a couple of re-imagined and re-recorded tracks from the band’s debut album ‘Gnarbage’ along with a cover of Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ and one new song called ‘Ionize My Enemies’.

Musically, there is something to be said for Pity Party’s energetic take on the pop-punk genre. The EP is peppered with peppy rhythms and slick guitar leads and the whole thing ebbs and flows nicely. The one thing I can’t wrap my head around though are Sarah Levy’s vocals. Not sure how come, but they don't sit well with me. It also doesn’t help that they are buried way back in the mix, making them at times unintelligible.


Sick Sad World Survival Guide track list:

  1. Suicide Handbook
  2. Waste Of Life
  3. Booze Cruz
  4. Gnarbage
  5. Ionize My Enemies
  6. Toxic
Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.