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Pet Needs Announce New Album “Intermittent Fast Living”
Essex, UK’s Pet Needs have announced details of their third album, Intermittent Fast Living, that is due out on the 16th February 2024 via Xtra Mile Recordings. Intermittent Fast Living, the band’s third studio release in as many years, is inspired by the relentless, breathless, stop-start lifestyle Pet Needs have found themselves living in recent times. Being strapped in to the big dipper that is living the rock ’n roll lifestyle while trying to balance a steady family life at home, is not without its challenges. And by perpetually riding around what frontman Johnny describes as “a dream-like tornado”, they have found themselves jolting between a life in the fast lane and “the security and stillness” of being with those they love. Channelling the chaos of their dichotomous lives into their visceral latest work.
“In the last 18 months 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. All these songs started life on a battered acoustic guitar in my spare room. I then took them to my brother and collaborator George, and together we worked them up from ideas into fully-arranged, fully-fledged songs. With the band we transform embryonic ideas into huge songs with incredible arrangements of drums, bass, guitars and more.” (front man Johnny Marriott)
From bare bones scratched out in the sanctity of their spare bedroom, into the full-bodied and frenzied final cuts befitting of their third body of work, the songs of Intermittent Fast Living quickly began to take shape. Booking themselves in at Vada Studios with producer and sound engineer George Perks, Pet Needs hunkered down at the residential studio and began “the most creative fortnight of [their] lives”. 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. The album announcement today follows the release of lead single Separation Anxiety, a blazing, punk-bristled offering that unfolds as a warped interpretation of the traditional love song. With breakneck instrumentals and runaway riffs embellishing vocals spun with offbeat declarations of an undying devotion, it captures Pet Needs‘ fun-focused and frenetic approach to music-making, but also their knack for injecting life’s deeper deliberations into the mix
“”Separation Anxiety” is an unconventional, subverted love song about my wife Lorna. We have been together almost 15 years and had never spent more than two weeks apart until last year. I know Lorna would absolutely cringe at anything too over-sincere, so shouting that I love her more than anyone else does is more her style!”
Due to preview Intermittent Fast Living at a stretch of UK headline shows throughout November and December, Pet Needs will also wrap-up the year with a huge homecoming show at Sub Zero in Colchester, in what is set to be their biggest headline gig to date with very special support from The Lottery Winners.