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When: 7.30pm on Friday 23 September 2022
Where: Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

PLEASE NOTE: This show has been rescheduled to September. Original tickets remain valid.

We’re excited to be working with pet deaths for the first time!

London-based duo pet deaths return with their new single all the things you said you were. It follows the band’s widely acclaimed debut album To the Top of the Hill and Roll… – released in 2019, described by Huw Stephens as ‘beautiful, understated and special,’ noting it as one of his favourite albums of the year.

Now the pair (consisting of Graeme Martin and Liam Karima) return with the first taster of their second full length album. Celestial folk-inflected art-rock with flashes of affecting string arrangements and muted flute passages, all the things you said you were is an entrancing treatise on loss; ‘a message to the afterlife,’ singer Liam Karima clarifies.

Speaking more on the new release, Karima said: ‘It’s a letter to a lost soul, to a loved one. Loss plays a big part in everyone’s life and when we go through this motion it evokes a dream like state mantra. The words were written on a reflective walk in Dalston along a small river, where ducks procreate and kids sell drugs. I thought about Virginia Woolf, I thought about my friend, I thought about Caroline Flack I thought about Sylvia Plath. It’s a celebration of all the things we had and lost. The letter I sent, still waiting for a reply.’

Produced with Ian Davenport (Slowdive, Gaz Coombes, Radiohead’s Philip Selway) in Oxfordshire at Courtyard Studios, pet deaths enlisted the help of violinist Art Sawbridge and saxophonist Jake Parsons to contribute key instrumental depth to the record, along with extra vocal appearances from Maya Nazir (age 3), Aurore Padenou, Wild Adoration, and The Crystal Palace Choir – acting almost like the ghosts of the song: ‘Yeah we miss you so / I’d guard you like the crown jewels / So text me what it’s like on the other side.’

Having both moved to London in 2017, pet deaths formed following a chance encounter in Ladbroke Grove. Feeling equally cellophane new in the capital’s concrete fast lane, they agreed to meet regularly. Their subsequent writing and drinking sessions became a Zen-like philosophy by which to navigate their new homes, spending gloomy November evenings on their rain-soaked Ballardian balcony, experimenting with loops, drones and poetry.

Previously supporting the likes of Elbow and Arab Strap, pet deaths are no stranger to the live stage – with more shows planned for 2022. The band’s unique brand of melancholia has seen high praise from publications including DIY Magazine, So Young Magazine, Clash Magazine and Drowned In Sound – as well as feverish radio support from BBC 6 Music and Radio 1, as well as Radio X and NTS.

A band who revel in the notion of ‘the album’, all the things you said you were is merely a snapshot into a wider concept. ‘When writing the new music, I was at this stage in my life where I was finding new love, new beginnings but also losing things in the fire,’ singer Liam Karima said. ‘The main focus was the question “is life an unhappy ending?” Or do we become part of a bigger movement to more positive things?’

pet deaths’ new single all the things you said you were is released on 1 February. The band’s second full length album is due to be released later in 2022.

‘Celestial folk delivered with sincerity…wrapped around the infectious soundscapes’ – Clash Magazine

Support comes from Dog Daisies – widescreen lo-fi indie pop group based around the home-studio adventures of musician Stephen Hudson.

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