Pet the Music
Los Angeles, CA
“...Tunes that make you feel nostalgic and tunes that make you giddy...something you should hear.”
— Al Borde
“Some of the most original and affecting music I’ve heard in the last 10 years. Killer songwriting, delivered with emotional power and guts—and endlessly inventive musicality. The kind of songs I’ve been waiting to hear.”
— Ben Deily, co-founder of The Lemonheads
SONIC SEDUCTION: the revelatory sounds of Pet the Music
That giddy feeling of falling in love: as if your stomach dropped down to your knees—and your perceptions turned thrillingly upside-down. “That’s the feeling we want to create when you hear one of our songs,” declares Tijuana-born Miguel Ángel Montes—co-founder of bilingual alternative rock band Pet the Music. He smiles modestly. “At least, well...that’s what we’re always aiming for.”
Founded in East LA and the Inland Empire, Pet the Music began as a two-piece collaboration between singer/guitarist Miguel Montes and bassist/singer Adriana Molina. From the first, their music combined irresistibly catchy harmony and melody with unexpected sonic twists— and bracing power. But initially—as a two-person outfit—pre-recorded drum tracks provided their only backing percussion. “When it came to making the songs come alive, we needed more,” explains Montes.
In seeking out the more organic sound, feel and power of a flesh-and- bones drummer, the band finally secured a truly remarkable third member: veteran percussionist and recording artist Gabriel “Gabo” Ramirez—whose claims to fame include years of international touring with Concrete Blonde, and backing Mexico’s pioneering rockers Sergio Arau (Botellita de Jerez) y los Heavy Mex, among many, many others.
Inspired with the influence (and sonic echoes) of bands from Nirvana and the Pixies to Smashing Pumpkins, Pet the Music’s sound isn’t easy to pin down to one simple genre or style. “We try to work in that place of harmony where life meets music...letting a song’s structures evolve naturally, as we experiment and explore. There’s never a formula.”
With melodies that are upbeat while never failing to surprise, and lyrics as sincere as they are idiosyncratic, Pet the Music has blown away audiences at SoCal venues like the Knitting Factory, Fais Do Do, The Westchester, Mr. T’s Bowl and the Glass House—as well as events and festivals such as San Bernardino’s “Relay for Life.”
Having recently followed up their self-titled debut EP with their first full-length release, “No Matter Where” (available on iTunes, Spotify, and other retailers), the band is currently hard at work on two new releases: their first Latin/Spanish bilingual EP, “Girasol” —scheduled to drop in July of 2017.
What can listeners hope to hear from the brand-new release? “Expect to be surprised,” says Miguel. “If there’s one thing we want to achieve, it’s this: that we write songs you can fall in love with—even though they may not sound quite like anything you’ve heard before.”
Management: Christopher Boyce e-mail: email@example.com
Pet the Music’s tracks