Live review / New album coming from local band Pet Names

By Brian Tucker

Local indie pop/rock band Pet Names posted their new single “Talk of the Town” on Bandcamp. It’s from an upcoming full length album called White Noise Machine.

You can stream the new song currently and the nine song album is out October 1st. They’ll have a CD release show October 16th playing with bands Naked Naps and Closed Caption at Scrap Iron Bicycle Gallery on Princess Street.

During the heat of summer I caught a Pet Names show at Bourgie Nights opening for visiting (and very good) band The Color Exchange. I actually never saw Pet Names play that night. They hit the stage while I was still in the bar. The strength of their playing was evident from the beginning and I made a point to remain in the bar with friends and only listen to them play.

As a band (imagine a blender mix of Buzzcocks, Green Day and The Clash) they just get better and better after two EP’s (2014’s Missed Connections and 2013’s Strangers) and countless shows around town (like a Reggie’s show last winter where they garnered more than a few fans after playing). Pet Names sounded amazing at Bourgie that night.

Like a monster in the other room, the band (Kyle Ginthner on guitar, Brent Drew on bass, Zack Raynor on drums) was full tilt – an explosive combination of melody, blazing revolution guitars and heartfelt vocals from Tommy Hall. They, like Avast, are one of a few outstanding but lesser known Wilmington bands making great music.

“Talk of the Town” is a great new song. It’s a slow burning, catchy number that echoes the band’s defiant sound with one foot planted in 80s underground rock with subtle New Wave textures. I’ve heard the new album, its fantastic, not bad for nine songs recorded on two days last spring. The band has made songs that defy you to not turn them up loud.

But the new song, even with the wall of blazing guitars, is low key given the whole. By no means is this a negative. If you dig the new song then White Noise Machine (and the fireworks of “Before its Gets Better”) may be your soundtrack for quite some time.



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