Pet Rock: The Musical Is Lo-Fi Fun for Psych Fans
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Peter Wochniak Pet Rock: The Musical.
Pet Rock: The Musical formed in 2008 on the basis of spacey jam-band music. Rather than draw from the Dead or Phish, Pet Rock takes risks by incorporating noise and techno genres. The power trio sounds explosive, with heavy psych-rock riffs and solid, in-the-pocket beats.
While guitarist John Parker and bassist Justin Pitonak started playing together more than ten years ago, Pet Rock started in 2008 when the two jammed with drummer Donnie Olaghlin. After taking a two-year hiatus starting in 2011, the band recently returned with a string of several shows and a new album.
The Meating, Pet Rock's trippy debut, was released last month through its Bandcamp page. A physical version lurks out there in wild, but is in cassette form only. The lo-fi recording sounds all too appropriate on tape, and it invokes the feeling of a long-lost demo from some "too-obscure" psych band from the late '60s.
The band explores inspiration from Zappa, Captain Beefheart and the Boredoms with an almost schizophrenic take on each song. Not content in sitting with other space-rock and jam bands, Pet Rock often plays mixed bills with noise and punk groups alike. Parker and Pitonak's musical multiple-personality disorder is made more evident in 32 Pc. Vintage Party Set -- Pet Rock's stoner-metal alter ego.
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