On-the-rise songwriter only kinda emo imho
Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carraba recently tweeted that pronoun is making some of “the best new emo music of the moment,” but don't expect to relive Warped Tour memories on this Brooklyn band's new album, i'll show you stronger, released last month. Pronoun is emo in the way that bands like boygenius, (Sandy) Alex G and Frankie Cosmos are emo. Singer/guitarist Alyse Vellturo's heart is on her sleeve, sure, but there's a restraint in her delivery that lends her songs a latent tension; the emotions somehow feel both raw and measured.
And really, you could call any breakup album an emo album. Amid chorus- and reverb-laden guitars, huge drums and occasional “Top Gun” synths, Vellturo chronicles her journey through heartbreak, sparing no intimate details. “Everything I wanted to say is about to come pouring out/Feel the rage build in my body,” she sings in “you didn't even make the bed.”
On “sadie,” she lets those castigations fly. “God bless the people that don't have to meet ya/God bless the people that I'm meeting on the side of the road, cuz they don't have to know you like that,” she sings, presumably at an ex who “ran out of money and sought out your rock bottom.”
It's early in pronoun's career (on the release day for i'll show you stronger Vellturo made a Facebook Live video of herself sitting behind a computer at her day job), so the band is still mostly playing opening slots (like this gig with Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties), but it's easy to imagine her on a headlining tour next time she comes through town. (Safe bet)