Pet Vet Cuts Through With EP II

Pet Vet @ The Ship, Photo by Knoah Bender

Pet Vet @ The Ship, Photo by Knoah Bender

The vague term “riff rock”, when chosen wisely, is a double edged blade with two unique serrations; one leaning heavily on hooks, yet reliant on simplicity in rhythm and talking with looseness to allow off-the-cuff jamming, while the other edge bends hooks and arrangements into a more concentrated and calculated unit – something that leaves as hearty of a puncture but takes less time to do so.

Pet Vet craftily navigates that space between the two ends of the spectrum, and though both sides cut just fine, they mindfully lean toward the latter approach on record, which can be found on their new EP.

There’s a signature thickness in Pet Vet’s tone and a certain fuzz that finds a comfortable place in a warm creaseless and rich rounded signal, with necessary blanket holes that expose the jagged treads of teething guitars that fight to cut through, but are kept tastefully bedded amongst the deep pocket rhythm.

“This second EP consists of 3 songs that were essentially written shortly after we recorded our first.” says Brandon Coaker (guitar/vocals), “They almost made it onto the last one, but they were still being worked out at that point.”

EP II opens up with a track titled I Don’t Know What I’m Doing Anymore which descends a deep trip into the garage for two minutes. The tracks get progressively longer with Hollow and W.A.T.P,  which hunker down their familiar groove – a groove which may carry more aggress and attack then on any their previous effort.

“While the first EP essentially consisted of songs that started out as demo’s of mine, the new EP is songs that I brought to the guys in person and we worked out ourselves.” says Coaker, “There are things that the other guys do on these recordings that I had not particularly written. In other words, these 3 songs are more organic from a band’s perspective.”

The first Pet Vet EP was based off a series of demo’s recorded by Coaker, but the developing chemistry with the full lineup shines through with elements such as swanky guitars that walk much deeper into jam territory in the four-minute closer W.A.T.P.

“Pet Vet is still and will always be my main songwriting project I suppose,” says Coaker, though he admits, “it has definitely become more collaborative on this EP.”

Pet Vet @ The Ship, Photo by Knoah Bender

Pet Vet @ The Ship, Photo by Knoah Bender

Between opening for Fucked Up at Lawnya Vawnya earlier this year, and opening for Constantines tonight (November 13th, 2014) at The Rockhouse in St. John’s, it’s plain to see Pet Vet make the perfect house guest on the best of touring visits.

After this busy year takes a wrap, Pet Vet plan on a New Year break from gigging to get to get back in the shop and hammer away at their debut full length, which Coaker hints to expect “mid to late Summer, 2015”.

If your in St. John’s tonight (November 13th, 2014) you can catch Pet Vet Live at The Rockhouse w/ Constantines
Check out EP II on BandCamp
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Pet Vet @ The Ship, Photo by Knoah Bender

Pet Vet @ The Ship, Photo by Knoah Bender

 

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