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Artist Spotlight - Indoor Pets

We had the opportunity to interview UK alt act Indoor Pets! With comps to the Weezer and Pixies, Indoor Pets know how to bring the noise. We were especially excited to interview them. The band's debut album Be Content drops March 8, 2019 on Wichita Recordings! We have included the videos for singles "Hi" and "Being Strange" in the interview below! Check it out!

1. How did you come to pursue music and how long have you been at it?

It’s hard to remember a time that we weren’t pursuing music. We’ve all known each other since high school and have been playing music together in a variety of forms ever since.

2. Could you walk us through your process of writing music?

I’m very melody driven so I tend to start a song by humming a vocal/guitar hook and building a song around that.

After writing the core of the song I then take it to the rest of the band that pick it apart and we develop it together.

3. What artists have inspired you in your career?

We’re huge fans of hardworking touring bands like PUP or IDLES that have built their fanbases through an insanely good live show that has been worked on for years. The songs are incredible but their drive in particular is very inspirational.

4. Do you have any favorite music gear (guitars, amps, effects pedals, keyboards, etc.) that you love to use? If so, what’s the story on them?

Last year, we had practically all of our gear stolen whilst touring the U.K. We spent the backend of the year trying to figure out what on earth we we’re going to do. After some huge support from our fanbase, we began to rebuild our live set up. So all of our gear is pretty much new to us. Which is a weird situation to be in after 4 years as a band. We all use Fender guitars because they’re perfect for our sound (If i could marry my Fender Mustang I think I would). James loves his tasty guitar pedals( Sub-decay Siren, Strymon Big Sky, Marshall Shredmaster etc) and builds his sound around them.

5. Can you describe the vibe at your live shows? Also, what do you enjoy most about a venue when you do a show?

We take a lot of pride in our live show. If we haven’t produced a collective 10kg of sweat, then we haven’t worked hard enough. I tend to get a little lost in the music, which can often result in some very questionable dance moves. But that’s just part of the magic I guess! We’re massive nerds and basically get pumped when a venue has given us a substantial amount of bottled water. We’re a cheap date!

6. What is one thing that you want the public to know about your music?

We try not to take ourselves too seriously. Our songs are energetic balls of fun that we love showing everyone. If we’re to follow everything we hear on the news, the world can seem a very bleak and dark place. Let’s have some fun whilst we’re here.

7. You will be playing your first US dates in New York and Los Angeles at the end of this month. Tell us about the dates and what you anticipate that experience being like?

It feels like a completely new world. The idea that we’re going to be performing our songs, thousands of miles from the dingy bedrooms that we wrote them in is completely surreal. New York and LA have such iconic and completely contrasting music scenes and we can’t wait to show both coasts what we have to offer!

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