In the spring of 2009, Chicago-based quartet Pet Lions released their debut EP Soft Right, a collection of five concise and infectious pop songs about youthful nightlife and fictional romance. Behind the EP and the strength of their live shows, the group skyrocketed to local notoriety, selling out venues across the city and landing support slots for the likes of White Rabbits, Here We Go Magic, Magic Kids, and Maps & Atlases.
Two years after Soft Right, Pet Lions returns with their debut full-length Houses (release date May 10, 2011), bringing warmth, depth, and maturity to the punchy pop of their debut EP. Produced by Neil Strauch (Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, Iron and Wine, Bonnie “Prince” Billy), Houses shows Pet Lions moving from home to home, sharing auditory real estate with power-pop mainstays Phoenix, art stars Deerhunter and Sonic Youth, and synth nostalgists Tears For Fears and OMD. The singular charm and personality of the debut album has already carried Pet Lions through the musical landscape, from Nylon magazine to the CW’s The Vampire Diaries. With Houses, Pet Lions has channeled regret, desire, and hope into a noisy yet melodic whole – for the first time, they feel right at home.