Papa vs Pretty was an Australian rock band from Sydney, New South Wales. Originally the solo act of then 15-year-old Thomas Rawle (lead vocals, guitar, piano, primary songwriter) in 2006, Papa vs Pretty became a three-piece band in 2008 with the addition of Rawle’s friends Angus Gardiner (bass guitar, cello, backing vocals) and Tom Myers (drums, backing vocals), and a quartet in 2012 with the arrival of Luke Liang (guitar, keyboard, backing vocals). On Monday 30 June 2014, the band announced their breakup.
Papa vs Pretty’s musical style evolved from the initial fusion of indie rock and electronica of their first two EP’s, to a more guitar-driven alternative rock sound from 2010’s Heavy Harm EP onwards. Papa vs Pretty has gained notable attention in the Australian music scene for their ‘intimidatingly tight’ and energetic live performances. Their 2010 tracks ‘Heavy Harm’ and ‘Wrecking Ball’, and 2011 singles ‘One Of The Animals’, ‘Honey’ and ‘Darkest Way’ received heavy rotation on Australian radio station Triple J.