Ok, ok, so I guess I can sort of hear the similarities between Pet Lions and the Strokes. It’s an inaccurate description, and, in my humble opinion, degrading to a band with much more promise than new wave rockers who never quite lived up to their own acclaim. These guys make simple pop music – they keep a solid back beat, and they have a great ear for a melody. Their guitar playing isn’t out of this world, but it serves the songs well, and, as any great band will attest, this is more important than 4 people on stage shredding their instruments to impress the world.
What’s most interesting about Pet Lions is that I don’t hear anything individually that really stands out – the vocals are not fantastic; the guitars are good – but aren’t virtuoso; the pads are simple one or two notes – but like all my favorite collegiate basketball teams, it is the whole that is greater than the sum of all their parts. (It won’t make since mathematically – so don’t try) It’s very much like Captain Planet – “with our powers combined….” What I mean to say is that without one another – and without their serendipitous craigslist creation story; they would not be as fantastic. I’ll tell you what, I’d love to see them live, and if any of the readers have seen them – feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts.
None the less, it’s a dancey, rocky, fun album, that will hold your attention throughout – the songcraft is commendable; the arrangements tight, and the dynamics succinct. The recording quality could be a bit better, but, in all likely hood it’s the electronically shared files more than the engineering contributing to this minor quibble.