FROM THE TAPE DECK: SUBURBAN PETS
For Suburban Pets there’s no distinction between making music and going about their daily lives. Apartments overrun with recording gear, they live right where they create. With brooms stored in closets alongside guitars, extension cords tangled on kitchen counters, keyboards casually strewn across the living room, studio time is 24/7. This atmosphere of chaos and comfort allow the duo to spend hours switching from mundane tasks like making breakfast to tracking vocals in a matter of seconds. Chile natives Sebastián & Juan Ignacio have been constructing these pop-up studios all over the world, as they have spent the last two years between Chile and New Zealand working on their second EP, Life In A City Car.
Coupled with the announcement of their partnership with Hidden Bay Records the band released the first single from their new EP, “Candy.” The song is as sweet as it’s namesake even as it describes all the anxiety that comes with love. The dreamy detachment of infatuation makes the track as ethereal as it is romantic. Intensified by the gentle cracks and static hum of their lo-fi recording, there’s a sense of authenticity communicated both by their back to the basic approach and the sincerity of the lyrics. With its rhythmic repetition the song floats on guided by the soft guitars and delicate keys.
Proving their analogue charm, Suburban Pets have a sense of nostalgia that is further emphasized by their release of the EP on cassette. With their sugary candor and melancholy vibe, their sound is built for those moments spent watching the city fly by.
WHAT’S THE MUSIC SCENE LIKE WHERE YOU ARE IN CHILE?
It's quite varied. The truth is that in Chile everything exists. The funny stuff is that it usually we stay under the "underground" because of being so far away from everything haha. Inside everything there is a big emerging scene of "underground pop," dreamy and psychedelic as everywhere (we imagine).
YOU CITE INFLUENCES LIKE ALEX G AND THE BEATLES. HOW DO YOU BALANCE MORE MODERN INFLUENCES WITH CLASSIC ONES?
Well for this "mini album" we highlight these influences in particular because we consider that music is timeless (above all by the phenomenon that occurs today with the vintage trend).
For these recording sessions we listen a lot to Alex G and The Beatles. It can be appreciated in the type of songs and their type George Martin arrangements (hopefully hahaha).
FOR YOU SECOND EP, LIFE IN A CITY CAR, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MAIN INFLUENCES WHEN WRITING THAT? HAVE YOU CHANGED MUCH AS A BAND?
Basically we agreed on "going back to the basics" for this album. We listen to a ton of Foglake, Alex G, Yo La Tengo, Juan Wauters and The Beets and the list can continue infinitely.
And yes, we will remain as a duo. This makes things easier for us, this album was edited while one of us was between New Zealand and Southeast Asia and the other in Chile haha it was crazy.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT “CANDY” THAT MADE YOU WANT TO RELEASE IT AS YOUR FIRST SINGLE?
“Candy” means to us, in terms of sound, the return to basics. It defines our path as a duo.
On the other hand, it is a very emotional song that borders on the nostalgic, tender and sad side at the same time. This song was composed in 2015 after watching the movie Candy by Neil Armfield. It is inspired by this peculiar and mundane story of love and anxiety.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT BEING A DIY ARTIST THAT YOU LOVE SO MUCH? WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE + FREEDOM DOES IT GIVE YOU THAT CAN’T COMPARE TO A STUDIO?
It's hard to be DIY. Sometimes things doesn’t turn out as one would expect. The funny thing about this is that many things turn out to be trial and error. For example there are several songs from our previous EP that didn’t sound as we wanted. On the other hand, it is highly entertaining. We can put in our songs whatever we fucking want.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT CASSETTES? WHY DO YOU THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE MEDIUM ALIVE?
The magic. It's like having a book. What is that shit to read with an ipad?
IF YOU COULD ONLY LISTEN TO ONE TAPE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WHAT WOULD YOU PUT ON IT?
What a question !!! Maybe the White Album for its length and variety.