Funky, soulful, jazzy bad-assery. All these words are an attempt to summarise the musical beauties that Pet Fangs have been putting into the world recently.
Josey, Davey, Jory, T’Ben, four fellas from Louisiana that are on a mission to bring the funk and good vibes to those ear drums of yours. The good news, reader – they do a real good job of that.
Speaking to the funk-lords (well, half of them, Jory and Josey) mid an epic drive towards Orlando, I dig into their wonderful minds on just how they’re producing these musical gems. “To be honest it’s usually a very collaborative thing – the way we started this project was ‘let’s just not have any rules’. No pre-conceived notion of what is should be. We’re just trying to let it fly.”
“We have this song on the album called ‘Barbarella’. And that was written cos Jory was watching TV in our favourite studio (Dockside in East Louisiana). Out by this swamp, retreat vibes. And he was watching this Jane Fonda movie (called ‘Barbarella’) and there she was in the intro just floating through space, clothes flying off and everything – it was insanity. I started scribbling some lyrics. And the next thing you know we had the song – it just kinda fell out of the sky.
The first single we released ‘Gold Coast Dreaming’ – we were throwing darts, listening to French music, just so we weren’t getting caught up in being inspired by english lyrics. And then we decided to open up a notebook, and if you weren’t throwing darts, you had to write down the first thing that came to your mind while listening to this music. Jory had written ‘faded pink hair’. Then we decided to all trade instruments, so I sat down with drums, our drummer David sat down with a bass etc. And that little phrase stood out to me so much, within an hour we had a full verse and chorus. We took a break, and a couple of weeks later, went to a different studio and fleshed it all out.
Sometimes we’re not sure if we’re a band, or just a group text that likes to drink beer and write songs. “
Now – we all know how… erm… interesting, group texts can be. Especially within bands. Pet Fangs’ though, are a bit different. Funny. So funny – they’ve done entire interviews on the content of their group chats. We pulled some strings for you though, you lucky reader, below is an insight into the mad world of said group chat…
PF have been doing some pretty cool things whilst they build to the full release this year – “We got an offer to go open for this great artist – Marc Broussard – and we decided to take it as it would force us to really learn how to play the stuff and put the shows together. Our buddy who owns our rehearsal space in New Orleans has decided to come do lights with us too. Our producer and friend is kinda our fifth member, he’s out doing front of house, and really getting the sound styled in. You gotta shake off the dust at first – but it’s really empowering once you get it right.
Oh – and ‘Bitch Baby’ was featured on Umbro + Material Girl campaign in China – that was mad. We were just so stoked that the girls in the ad looked so empowered. It shined a light on the way we wanted the song to be received – which was the word ‘bitch’ but not in a negative way. So we were very proud of it.
Ending the interview with the usual ‘is there anything else you’d like to tell the tmrw readers’, PF has a request that we weren’t expecting. They want you to leave them a voicemail. Yup. Call up 1844-PET-FANGS. We’ll leave what you say down to your creativity.
And – my final statement on these lovely gents, which I’ve left to the end intentionally, so I don’t get massacred by super-fans (I ain’t ending up in no JT-Superbowl situation). They sound more than a little bit like a modern-day Prince.
Pet Fangs latest single ‘RACQUET SKIRT’ is out now on all digital platforms.
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Words by Sam Nahirny