Pet Lover

Pet Lover

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Pet Lover is an indie-rock band from Chicago, IL.


PL began a long time ago. US sends forces to Persian Gulf. Originally just Kurt (drums) and Brian (guitar). Played in Kurt's attic first. Wrote songs. Sweat. Laughed. Broke old television sets. Worked on a set of tunes. Influenced by Bauhaus, Superchunk, Helmet, Firehose, et al. Made friends with Jodie. Asked her to join PL. She and her bass accepted. Practiced. Played some shows. Had tacos at Big Horse. Played some more shows. Jodie exits for Starball.

Brian and Kurt contemplate. Drink Whiskey. Meet Mike. Dig his energy. Mike joins PL. Practice. Decide to record an EP. Called it "Spitsbergen". Released in 1997. Heaven's Gate cult members commit mass suicide in California. Played more shows. Tightened the verses. Mike departs. Heads West. Continue to write songs. Practice.

Longtime friend Doug (guitar) moves to town. His previous band was Judge Nothing. They were good. Doug joins PL. Learn new songs. India conducts 3 atomic tests despite worldwide disapproval. Boom. Fellow musician and friend Chris (bass) joins band. Wrote songs. Played some live shows. Wore funny hats. Played a 12 minute set at Double Door. Made connection with local radio personality (via Brian's friend and co-worker Dave). PL decides to be his backing band.

Play DJ’s 20 year anniversary show at Vic Theatre. Brian wears a dress and combat boots. Shouts of "Pet Lover" heard from the crowd. Serendipity. Continue to play shows with Chicago DJ. Succumb to open chords. Learn to harmonize. DJ ousts Kurt and Chris. PL officially goes on hiatus. World awaits consequences of Y2K.

Kurt and Chris form BSM. Kurt also joins Money Shot. Brian and Doug continue to write songs. Play on local DJ's celebrity softball team. Mad cow in Europe. Met Gregg and John. Play more shows for DJ. Grow impatient. Convince Gregg, John and Dave to play shows with PL. Practice. Play shows. DJ go bye-bye. Songs get recorded for "New Game". Released in 2003. The US declares official end to combat operations in Iraq. Play more shows. Surrender. Gregg and John exit. Dave too. PL hibernates.

Marriages. Sunsets. New guitar strings. Babies. Work. Re-unite with Kurt and Chris. Practice. Write. Laugh. Work on set of tunes for new album. Record drums to analog tape. Add more parts. Learn parallel compression. Big Brown wins the Kentucky Derby. Work. Write songs. Proceed to the nearest exit. More babies. Practice. Enjoy life. Finalize mixes for second album, "Oblivion". Released in June, 2010. Work on songs for new album. Practice. More kids. Happy.


Oblivion - 2010
New Game - 2003
Spitsbergen EP - 1997