Pet Rocks Snoozer Nots
By Robin Ecoeur
Who are ya?
We're Pet. We’re hoping to pick up from where Snoozer left off and mature in a direction that makes sense. For a minute we didn't know what direction to go and now that the dust has settled and the change feels right we’re making a lot of progress towards this record or EP or whatever it materialises as. I'm biased but I think our live show when we start playing again is going to be the best it’s ever been.
Things about Life Sucks
There’s another song that we never put out and never will, but if you kiss Kieran on the lips at a show and like it we'll tell you what its called. There's this point on the EP where if you listen to it upside down in complete darkness you might be visited by the ghost of Eddie Van Halen too! Finally, the man and woman on the cover are dead as a result of direct ties to the Mafia. Our Dad was their lawyer.
Harriet The Spy
There wasn’t really much conscious thought about a direction when we recorded it, which is funny cause that seems to be the hit. Mike had it recorded acoustically on a little sound recorder he has and after a few days at the studio, hearing the way the songs were coming together, we decided that we wanted to put a pop song on the EP. It was really a simple thing but it felt really good to do something different. And that is kind of the approach we’re taking with Pet.
A statement from Pet
Pet statement 2016: prepare your souls to be slammed by the force of a thousand mighty tidal waves. We do good work when we do it hard in a basement style.
We’re recording right now and it might take a while, but in the meantime we are getting ready to play shows again locally. Hopefully come spring time we’ll be in full swing again. We really don't want to take this question seriously but Kieran insists on it. Kieran is getting madder. Kieran is sad. Sometimes Kieran knows that being in a band is cool. Kieran is in a band. Kieran plays bass and says things like “get on my espresso bicycle children”. Be more like Kieran.
Their final release before changing their name to Pet, this 4 track EP entitled Life Sucks is the pinnacle of Snoozer's long running discography. A bristling noise, ramshackle chaos, and sludge, all wrapped up in a weirdly artful tuneful noise.
The track named Harriet The Spy is a clear stand out. This is as straightforward a ballad as they could make, but of course this is Pet, or Snoozer, so it is delivered in a rueful, woozy way. It's a sleepy, melancholic lead guitar, playing a perfect counterpoint to a deflated voal performance by frontman Mike...singing softly about relationships, I'm guessing.
Good Grief does a great job at remembering the Lo-Fi madness people like Mark Linkous have left behind them. Disassembling a song to make it stronger and getting it wrong to get it right. Static and distortion rise up regularly as a noisy punctuation to the otherwise tender songs, creating a sense of fragility as if the music could crumble at any second.
Howdy closes the EP. The song's power lies in its chaotic sound, like the world is somehow going to end. Using the same aesthetic as Good Grief, this tracks shows all the potential of the future Pet.
We are excited about Pet for three reasons. Firstly, the band seems to have a more casual approach to making music, which might liberate them from thinking too much about song writing. Then, there is their latest release Life Sucks, which for Third Outing is their best work so far; meaning Pet might have found their sound. Finally, they have proved they can churn out radio friendly Pop gems as well the darker sounding tunes they are better known for. A diversity which demonstrates the talent these boys have.