At what point are we going to stop being surprised when good rock bands come out of Hamilton? We’ve all heard about Hamilton’s ‘cultural revival’ but I think it’s high time we stop acting surprised about it. Just a small sampling of the great rock and roll to come out of the city lately includes: Arkells, The Dirty Nil, Terra Lightfoot, and now we can probably safely add Pet Sun to the list.
Pet Sun’s debut self-titled EP hit record store shelves (digital and physical!) on March 11, but I can tell you, the record hasn’t left my playlist since I got my hands on an advance copy. The band self-identifies as ‘death garage’, so this is a record that you’re going to feel deep in your gut. From the opening distorted riffs of “The Dawn”, you’ll be looking for your nearest mosh pit The album isn’t all muddy sludge and thundering beats, however – there’s more than a liberal sprinkling of lead guitar on tracks like “Empty TV”, in between the monstrous riffing on “Never Quit” and “It’s So Sweet”. While most of the songs are in that sweet spot of garage band tempo, the band does switch it up, offering straight-up acoustic power-ballads on songs like “Free Season”, and the slower, almost whimsical “My Mind’s A Sofa”. While I’m personally drawn to the heavier garage rock songs on the album (especially “Never Quit”), the garage-rock-meets-The-Beatles vibe on “Web Of Man” is a must-hear.
The band’s currently on a US tour, including a set at SXSW, between heading home for a set of shows in Hamilton (4/2), Oakville (4/8) and Toronto (4/15). Check out their full tour dates here .
4.75 out of 5 stars
The Hand Recordings
Must-Listen Tracks: “The Dawn”, “Never Quit”, “Web of Man”
Buy Pet Sun on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/pet-sun/id1080410674