PET NEEDS have seen fit to hit us all again with a Deluxe Edition of their 2021 Punk Rock masterclass Fractured Party Music. A real One-Two punch that no one saw coming but is much appreciated. This deluxe edition sees a brand-new single from the Colchester band in the form of Punk Isn’t Dead (It’s Just Up for Sale). A hefty statement to make and one that would need some real Punk Rock attitude to back up. Thankfully, to the surprise of no one familiar with the band, that is exactly what we got here.
This 3-minute barn burner has the band tackle the gentrification of our beloved Punk Rock with some rupturing guitars and brutal rhythms. The Rattling hi hats keep the fast pace you need for a song like this. Johnny Marriot’s snarky lyrics depicting someone fallen from integrity hit hard in a world the next big name in music is the last big name’s younger brother. The chorus acts a call-to-action unifying everyone willing to stand for their music’s dignity and purity.
The track climaxes into a glorious solo fit to light the fires of any mosh. The tone of the guitar is just the right amount of dirty with some clean sections sprinkled in adding some great contrast and building to the brilliant climax of the song.
This single was a breath of fresh air for me. If PET NEEDS keeps up the momentum here we’ll have a band that will be spoken about profusely in dive bars for years to come.
Written By – Jacob Best