We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Pets With Human Names’ new album Creature Comforts (listen below), which is scheduled to be officially released on June 23rd.
Andrew Pierson of Pets With Human Names commented on the new album:
“‘Creature Comforts’ is a culmination of 2 years’ effort to explore new sounds and face our fears both personally and creatively. We didn’t try to fit a mold or capture a particular tone. We wanted complete, unfettered freedom to delve into any melody or style that drew us in.
Lyrically, the songs speak about uncomfortable truths we’ve grown to discover about ourselves that we’ve thinly veiled through stories about monsters and other fantasy scenarios. The appropriateness of the album’s title didn’t occur to us until well after it was chosen.”
June 23 – Des Moines, IA – Lefty’s
June 30 – Ames, IA – DG’s Taphouse
July 15 – Dubuque, IA – The Lift
July 20 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze
July 21 – Des Moines, IA – The Gas Lamp
July 27 – Lincoln, NE – Zoo Bar
July 28 – Omaha, NE – Dr. Jack’s Drinkery
August 4 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s
August 25 – Cedar Falls, IA – The Octopus
About the band:
After Benton Schoenrock drunkenly suggested that his friends start a band with him in 2012, guitarist Alex Nickeson set the challenge that if Schoenrock bought a drum kit, he would find them a rehearsal space. A mere 24 hours later and the pair were nursing their hangovers whilst setting up a brand new drum kit in a freshly rented storage locker in their hometown of Des Moines, IA.
The pair soon recruited mutual friend Andrew Pierson to play bass, and after someone attempted to run a birthday ad for a dog named Tommy in the newspaper the trio worked for, Pets With Human Names was founded. Now with four years on the Midwest circuit under their belt, the alt-rock trio is gearing up to release its sophomore full-length, Creature Comforts.
Recorded at Flat Black Studios, a converted barn house located off a typically Iowan rural dirt road outside of Iowa City, the band spent one week addressing their demons and personifying them for song. Covering everything from indie rock to blues to punk, these varying styles provide the album with an oddly unified personality of its own. Creature Comforts exhibits symptoms of schizophrenia and ADHD and is captivating in its variety, yet is ultimately still reliant on all parts of itself for context and best presented as a self-referential collection.