and Derek formed the duo known as Pets in
Sacramento, CA, in the summer
of 2003. Since their inception, they've amassed a
sizeable loyal following due to their energetic live shows, and shared
the stage with such notable, national acts as The
Gossip, Matt & Kim, Dead Meadow, and Spindrift.
Thrasher Magazine featured a number of early Pets songs
on two of their skateboarding DVDs; Rocket Science and King
of the Road.
The danceable Pets single, Pretty Pretty,
reached #10 on KDVS' (UC
Davis CMJ-reporting station) top 30 song rotation playlist. Pets'
debut release the 7-inch record, STEP,
also charted, reaching #62 on KDVS’ Top
90 releases of 2004.
The duo used a crunchy, distorted bass, fuzzed-out reverb and effect-drenched
guitars, along with arpeggiated keyboards, and a ready-to-rock drum
machine to create the sound on their full length album the 2006 Americans
Are Coming Recordings release Pick Up
Your Feet. On this album Derek
and Allison traded off vocal duties as their songs necessitated.
When Derek sings, Pets has
been compared to The
Jesus and Mary Chain, B.R.M.C.,
Youth. Allison's singing has drawn comparisons
to The Kills, The
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Le Tigre.
Since the release of Pick Up Your Feet they,
with drum machine in tow, have enjoyed playing nearly all of the
venues in Sacramento and have successfully
toured the Pacific Northwest as a duo a couple of times.
In 2010 Pets won
the Sacramento Area Music Award (The Sammie) for "Outstanding
Pop", and in 2011 they received the Sammie award in the Post
In the Summer of 2010 Pets'
headed out on their first U.S. tour with the Kepi
Ghoulie Band. The
three week tour was a great success. Pets,
with Kepi on drums, found new fans at
all the stops along the way.
They spent most of 2010 working on their next full length recording,
titled Ready the Rifles, with
Sacramento recording engineer, Ira Skinner, at his Alley Avenue Studios.
The drum machine and synthesizer were set aside in favor of a leaner,
louder, distorted rock sound
on these 10 tracks. The album features the same distorted bass and
effects laden guitar that have defined Pets'
sound, along with drums played by Ira. Vocally, the duo trade verses
within the songs and
often harmonize together throughout the album. Ready
the Rifles is
a collection of fuzzed-out rock songs that uses distortion and feedback
as the weapons to kill your boredom. Ready the Rifles was
released on CD independently by the band in January 2011. A subsequent
release was put out by Sacramento tape label Pleasant
Over the summers of 2011 and 2012 Pets piled
into a van with Kepi Ghoulie and Dog
Party to tour the west coast
and the southwest. 2013 was spent writing songs for the next album,
The 10 tracks that comprise Get Turned On were
record at Moon
Studio with Sacramento mainstay David
Houston. Derek and Allison were joined
in the studio by their good pals and touring partners, Kepi
Ghoulie and Lucy Giles (of
Dog Party) who both play drums on all the songs.
The recording sessions were full of the energy that Pets loves
to pack into their songs. These songs feature the same back and forth
boy girl vocals that have helped define Pets'
sound with even more harmonizing this time around.These fuzzy punked
up songs are faster
and shorter with the total time for the 10 track album clocking in
at 27 minutes. They enjoyed producing and mixing the album with David
Houston and as always the reverb, distortion and noise are turned
all the way up.
The band hit the road again in the summer of 2014 with Kepi
Ghoulie and Dog Party to play shows across the US in support of the album
which was released on CD by the band and on cassette tape by Pleasant
Screams on June 16, 2014.