Image credit: Vanessa Sollner.
Pet Needs come to The Joiners, Southampton, on April 27 on the final UK date of their European tour. Those who can’t wait that long can also catch the band at an in-store event at Pie & Vinyl in Southsea on February 19th.
Founded with humble bedroom-band beginnings by brothers Johnny (vocals) and George (guitar) Marriott and later joined by Jack (drums) and Ryan (bass) only a matter of years ago, Ped Needs’ career has been sky-rocketing ever since the release of their acclaimed debut ‘Fractured Party Music’ in 2021. From getting signed to sold out shows, rave reviews to rabid fans, and embarking on extensive global tours with the likes of Frank Turner, The Hives, The Lottery Winners and Skinny Lister; demand for these four lads from Essex has been on the up and up.
As such, their third studio release in as many years, ‘Intermittent Fast Living’ is inspired by this relentless, breathless, stop-start lifestyle the band have found themselves living in recent times. Finding themselves jolting between a life in the fast lane and “the security and stillness” of being with those they love, their latest work captures all the chaos and curiosities that come with their dichotomous current lifestyle.
Johnny says: “In the last 2 years we have been catapulted from steady jobs and playing in our small town local bars to world tours at a million miles an hour. The life we’d grown accustomed to is constantly thrown behind us until it disappears into the distance in our rear view mirror.
“We thunder forward, show by show, adventure by adventure, until [normal life] returns as a speck on the horizon like an oasis in the desert. Then suddenly we’re home again. I sit content on the sofa with a beer, my wife and our new little puppy wondering what the hell just happened for the last three months.”
Like that unexpected snapshot for sale at the end of a theme-park ride, ‘Intermittent Fast Living’ is a vivid portrait of a band riding high on the rollercoaster that is the rock’n’roll life, and stopping for just a split-second to capture the moment. A rush of adrenaline and a tornado of emotion, the album was recorded in just two weeks at Vada Studios with producer and sound engineer George Perks (Enter Shikari, You Me At Six, Mogwai, Skindred). It will be released on 16th February 2024 (via Xtra Mile Recordings).
With the new album ready to go, Pet Needs are already planting seeds for its world domination this year. Currently mounting a campaign to smash into the UK Official Top 40, an effort dubbed by the band as ‘Bottom of the Pops’, their masterplan includes a twelve-sleeve CD campaign (comprising a dozen collectible artworks that pay wry homage to Top of the Pops logo throughout history) poised to push them towards chart stardom.
Johnny adds: “The newspapers say we’re in an age where plucky little indie bands with loyal fanbases can storm the charts for a week – like that’s a bad thing!… We are proud to be a plucky little indie band, and are throwing everything at infiltrating the mainstream for five minutes with our new album, Intermittent Fast Living!”
Pet Needs are embarking on an extensive schedule of live fixtures throughout the first half of 2024, including UK & European dates, plus a limited run of intimate instore gigs.
PET NEEDS UK LIVE DATES 2024
15 – BURY Wax & Beans
16 – BRISTOL Rough Trade
18 – GLASGOW Assai
19 – PORTSMOUTH Pie & Vinyl
20 – KINGSTON Banquet
21 – COLCHESTER HMV
17 – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
17 – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
16 – STOCKTON ON TEES Georgian Theatre
17 – LEEDS Boom
18 – MANCHESTER Night & Day
19 – BRISTOL Exchange
20 – BRIGHTON Exchange
23 – CAMBRIDGE Portland Arms
24 – OXFORD The Bullingdon
25 – LONDON The Underworld
26 – BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds
27 – SOUTHAMPTON The Joiners
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