London based alternative trio Pet Grief have just released their new self-titled EP via Hanger Records.

At four tracks in length, the EP is definitely short, but all too sweet. It in no way feels rushed or incomplete. Each song creates its own little world in which to tell its story and makes for an extremely satisfying twelve minutes and fifteen seconds.

‘Breathe’ eases the listener in with a few tentative strums of the guitar before plunging in with the bass and drums. The opening couplet ‘please stop talking, let me fall apart/the lights not working, it gets lonely in the dark’ sets the tone for the rest of the EP. The slightly confrontational, slightly disinterested, slightly self-deprecating vibe certainly holds up throughout (in a good way).

Lyrically, ‘Marks the Spot’ is probably the most interesting song on the EP. With lines such as ‘what’s your life plan what’s your future? I don’t know, don’t care, whatever’, the song could be interpreted as reflecting the frustration of being expected to do one thing while wanting to pursue another. The angsty instrumentation that encases the bluntly delivered vocals draws on this feeling of existentiality, and goes hand in hand with the bored, dismissive lyrics such as ‘are we still talking about this? Can we change the subject?’. The closing sequence of ‘I’m not listening’s humorously conjures the image of a child with its fingers in its ears, stubbornly refusing to cooperate in conversation. Perhaps depicting a desire to stay young and not have to consider these future plans.   

As you’d expect from a name like ‘Melt’, the EP’s third track definitely creates some heat. It makes for quite the pop-punk track, with a sleepy, summery vibe. As with its neighbour tracks, ‘Melt’ incorporates fuzzy, fast-paced guitars that create a warmth which encases the whole EP. The droning final instrumental screech melts nicely into the EP’s finishing track.

‘Reject’ makes for a fantastically fitting closing piece, with its climatic instrumental build-up. Layers are gradually added as the song progresses, with flits between short, clean guitar breakaways and heavy waves of distortion. It all comes to a head with the explosively epic instrumental outro, which stokes up a strong sense of euphoria, perhaps reflecting a personal sense of accomplishment. Or maybe it foreshadows great things to come for Pet Grief.

There is no fade out – just an abrupt finish, a full stop marking the end of this short but enthralling chapter in Pet Grief’s career. We can’t wait to turn the page and find out what’s coming up next in their story.

‘Pet Grief’ is out now via Hanger Records.Pet Grief ‘S/T’ EP

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