Contact by Pet Friends
AMBY got cozy with Hertfordshire four piece Pet Friends back in April and interviewed them on the release of their debut EP “I Don’t Want Pet Friends” in July. Since then they’ve been back in the studio and return with their second EP Contact.
Lead track Money showcases a step up in production values, with the EP self produced by their talented bassist James Patrick. It’s the most readily accessible of the three tracks on the EP, contrasting with spoken word second track Language and the EPs closer Rare Earth Metals which positively screams along at a pace driven by James Sanders drum work and Matt Armstrong’s rhythm guitar. There’s an engaging “yelp” in singer Thomas Jennings’ voice that really brings the lyrics to life whilst retaining Money’s more commercial appeal.
The band self describe their style as “altmathrotic” or “krautmathwave”, terms a Google search won’t help you with. What it is is a genuine effort to take familiar elements and forge something new and original. Having secured live slots in support of the likes of Superfood, Pet Friends look set to take their musical game up another level and this EP does just that. Tell your friends about them (and if they won’t listen to you, tell your pets).
Gavin Watson | @watsongc