Pet Lions

Pet Lions

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Pet Lions are a touring indie pop/rock band from Chicago. They have supported acts like White Rabbits, Tennis, Black Lips, Maps & Atlases, Generationals, and Here We Go Magic. Their latest single Lightning Bolt has been featured by RCRD LBL, Earmilk, & Also on shows on ABC, CW, E!, etc.


Having captured the attention of music fans and critics alike with their infectious indie pop songs for years, Pet Lions continue to build on an already solid foundation of material with their impressive new release, Popular Nature, now available online and in record stores.

A collection of intelligently-crafted songs that run the gamut from classic pop influences like Fleetwood Mac, Todd Rundgren, and The Kinks; to an eclectic mix of inspirations from bands like Tears For Fears, Phoenix, and ABBA; Popular Nature showcases a wonderfully refreshing sound from Pet Lions that is both new and nostalgic at the same time.

Recorded and produced by Neil Strauch (Iron & Wine, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Andrew Bird), the record is already being praised as a “lush indie rocker built on propulsive layers and a deft pop sensibility that feels both wistful and energized.” (RCRD LBL)

The band, comprised of Karl Ostby, Shuhei Yamamoto, Joseph Murphy, and Matt Dahl, have been playing together since 2008, landing support slots with White Rabbits, Tennis, The Black Lips, Maps & Atlases, Generationals, and Here We Go Magic. Their music has been heard on radio across the world, featured on popular television shows such as Vampire Diaries (The CW), Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!), and Greek (ABC Family), and highlighted in publications Nylon Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and The Huffington Post.


Popular Nature (EP) - February 26, 2013
Lightning Bolt (Single) - August 14, 2012
Houses (Full Length) - May 10, 2011
Soft Right (EP) - March 2009

Set List

The English Room
When I Grow Old
Meet Me There
Slow Wave
Mexican Cigarettes
Roman History
To the Coast
Lightning Bolt
Southern Arms
The Golden Light

Can play up to 75 minutes