ALBUM REVIEW: Pet Needs – Primetime Entertainment | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 09.09.22







You’re not seeing things – Colchester-based punk rock quartet Pet Needs really do have another album out, barely 18 months after the release of their debut Fractured Party Music. Primetime Entertainment still seethes with the rambunctious wit that made its predecessor so entertaining. But in a move that’s somehow equal parts daring and expected, their tightly-wound emotions interlaced with addictive punk beats have take a decidedly introspective turn.

Spirals embodies the frantic mental strain of an emotional breakdown (with heavy breakdowns aplenty to match the mood), while album opener Lost Again emphasises the importance of self-care. Throughout it all, Pet Needs maintain their joyous experimentation: even Ibiza in Winter, a song of desperation and exhaustion, makes room for singer Johnny Marriott’s vocal play.


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