For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview a different local artist’s plans for 2011. Today: Pet Lions!
Following a successfully completed Kickstarter campaign to fund the effort, Pet Lions’ debut album Houses is now confirmed for an upcoming release in early spring of this year. According to the Chicago indie rock outfit’s Shuhei Yamamoto, Pet Lions are “hoping to find a label to release the album,” but will be dropping the record independently on March 1st, regardless. In an email statement to CVU, the band describes Houses as recalling “Deerhunter’s dreamy textures, Phoenix’s concise urgency, and Tears For Fears’s emotional melodicism to create an indie pop soundscape that resonates as both progressive and nostalgic.” With Neil Strauch (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s) on production and John Golden (Sonic Youth, Girls) on mastering, Houses aims to “(expand) on the sound that established (Pet Lions) in the Midwest as an artist to watch.”
Though Houses won’t go onsale until the beginning of March, the album is now streaming online in its entirety. Check out the gradually unrolling “The English Room” and the faster and garage-hinting “When I Grow Old” below, and catch Pet Lions live tonight as part of Tomorrow Never Knows at Schuba’s!
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