Pet Deaths

London

Photograph by Andrew G Hobbs

Name, where are you from?
Pet Deaths Married in Ladbroke Grove, London. Residing in Brockley, London.
Graeme Martin - Birthed in Newcastle.
Liam Karima - Forged in Sheffield.

Describe your style in three words?
George from ASDA.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
L: I once saw Aphex Twin play under one of his aliases to a handful of sweaty pubescent teenagers in a rundown warehouse somewhere near Shoreditch. It was the second time I'd ever been to London and I fell in love. The Warehouse has since been transformed into a block of flats.

G: Sufjan Stevens at End Of The Road a few years back. He played pretty much the whole of 'Carrie & Lowell' a beautifully honest album about dealing with loss. This album is very personal to me which made the show even more special.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Sun Ra and his Arkestra - They came from out of space and their music reflects this, still pushing boundaries for over 70 years. A big influence on Pet Deaths Free jams.
The Beatles - the most influential pop band and Best songwriters of all time, why wouldn’t anyone want to play with them?

Which subcultures have influenced you?
L: I used to hang out with skateboarders from an early age but then I realised I couldn’t skate. I wanted to be in a Larry Clark film, they were the cool kids who never washed and had trousers that didn’t fit them. I loved the camaraderie, causing trouble, scrounging fags and stealing crisps from the local shops on Devonshire Green, Sheffield.

G: Alternative Indie in the early 2000’s I think we call it post-emo or something- this scene had a massive influence on how we thought and dressed as teens - skinny jeans, Lynx Africa Deodorant, Floppy fringes and Grandad shirts.

Of all the venues you’ve been to or played, which is your favourite?
The Social - London - We played our first show here and spend most of our time in the tiny bar upstairs, the design is timeless, a unique space which has great art and music, a perfect escape when in Central London.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
G: Nick Drake - I was spoon fed 'Pink Moon' from an early age, Like so many truly great artists he never received the recognition he deserved whilst on this earth. One of the first songs I learnt to play on guitar was 'One Of These Things First', it changed the way I play the guitar and this song even today makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.

L: Arthur Russell - A musicians musician, an artists artist who never reached the dizzy heights of success before his tragic death. He played a huge role in the New York avant-garde-gay-dance scene. His music can make me you cry and dance at the same time, Unique.


Pet Deaths recently announced their debut album 'To The Top Of The Hill And Roll...' which will be released in September 2019. Pre-order it at petdeaths.bandcamp.com.

Watch the video for their new track 'Wind Up Bird' below.

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