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Album Review

Pet Symmetry – Pet Hounds

Pet Symmetry - Pet Hounds

Power pop and emo may not be new acquaintances, but with Pet Symmetry’s lack of pretension, they’re impossible not to love.

Label: Big Scary Monsters
Released: 18th May 2015

Rating: ★★★★

With Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It., Erik Czaja of Dowsing, and Marcus Nuccio of Mountains for Clouds, it’s no shock that Pet Symmetry have emo pedigree. Not that they’re calling it that. Whether or not the self-described ‘geekmo’ tag is actually a thing is open to debate, but with a healthy double shot of power pop, there’s no doubting debut album ‘Pet Hounds’ is more than just a meeting of glorious puns.

While band name, album moniker and track titles may all have a healthy sense of humour about them, the songs themselves aren’t just vehicles for wordplay. Nor are they quite as lengthily labelled as on 2013’s ‘Two Songs About Cars. Two Songs With Long Titles.’ (‘A Detailed and Poetic Physical Threat to the Person Who Intentionally Vandalized My 1994 Dodge Intrepid Behind Kate’s Apartment’ and ‘Please Don’t Tell My Father That I Used His 1996 Honda Accord to Destroy the Town of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania in 2002’, if you were wondering.) Immediate, direct, snappy and incredibly hard not to love, Pet Symmetry is both more effective and infinitely less trying than just another side project.

Nobody is reinventing the wheel, but they’re not trying to either. From the sunny start of opener ‘My Exhausted Month – Of May’ to the slower ever so slightly discordant ‘Salad Daze – Seein’ Cred’, ‘Pet Hounds’ feels a familiar but welcome friend. ‘Spacial Ex-Perception – No… Sleep… Til Bedtime!’ swells hearts more than minds, but you’d ask for nothing less. Formed to get away from over thinking songs or being in a band, and recorded in spells of downtime from more “serious” projects over a year and a half, when it comes to Pet Symmetry infectious beats overtly intellectual every time. It’s all the better for it. Stephen Ackroyd