PET SHIMMERS share ‘Tyson’, new album ‘Face Down in Meta’ out January 31st

January 23, 2020
Photo Credit: Mariana Sabio 


‘Tyson’, the second single from upcoming album, shared

Face Down In Meta out 31st January ahead of (SANDY) Alex G tour

Bristol supergroup Pet Shimmers have shared another cut, titled ‘Tyson’, from their upcoming debut album Face Down In Metawhich the band are self-releasing on 31st January ahead of their upcoming European tour with (SANDY) Alex G. Pre-order the album here:

“The Austronesian Tagalogian word ‘Gigil’ means that like overwhelming potato mash of fierce emotions of cuteness and aggression at the same time, when looking at baby ducks and otters holding hands et al,” Band leader Oliver Wilde explains of the track’s meaning. “Tyson was my brother and sister in-law’s Pomeranian, in thanks of the extremely high levels of dopamine this little sweetpea mon chou moosh poppet released, we immortalised the bae treasure sugar bowl in the infinity of the internet.”

Tour dates (With (SANDY) Alex G)

07.02 – Liverpool – Phase One
08.02 – Dublin – The Button Factory
09.02 – Glasgow – St Luke’s
10.02 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
12.02 – London – EartH
14.02 – Bristol – Thekla
15.02 – Brighton – The Old Market

17.02 – Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
18.02 – Brussels – Botanique
20.02 – Hamburg – Molotow
22.02 – Berlin – Lido
24.02 – Prague – Underdogs Ballroom
25.02 – Zurich – Bogen F
27.02 – Barcelona – Razzmatazz
28.02 – Madrid – Sala El Sol
02.03 – Paris – Point Ephemere
04.03 – Cologne – Bumann & Sohn
06.03 – Groningen – Vera

The whole new, supercharged seven-piece first appeared at the beginning of 2019, unloading a flurry of singles online; two of which, the Goat Girl featuring glitch odyssey ‘Feels Hz’ and voracious follow-up ‘Mortal Sport Argonaut’, required immediate attention / BBC 6 Music support from Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe. A prompt invitation to record a session at Maida Vale followed, claiming their first ever live performance, barely a month after the project had begun – noted by Ravenscroft as a potential formation-to-radio record.

Face Down In Meta aims to push these carefully assembled sonic hurdles even further afield. A baritone choir greets destructive-droning on opener ‘Thawed Out Plainclothes Demon’, soon countered by a saccharine introduction to the alt-pop universe that starts with ‘Super Natural Teeth’, ever-expanding as the record rolls on. Swirling harmonies disarm on checkpoint ‘Cheat Codes (THPS2)’, allowing the group to compose themselves and soar, recharged, through a rampant, dark lo-fi conquest.

Lead offering ‘Post-Dick Circle Fuck’ grabbles body positivity vs millennial angst (“I’m not sorry about my body / I’m not sorry about my pussy”), whereas closer ‘Crash Tense Dummy’ sprawls tragedy throughout an essential, hypnotic 11 minute run time.

With the project ingesting a plethora of familiar, talented Bristol-based faces, the baton-wielding songwriting maestro Oliver Wilde marches frontline in the group. A solo artist in his own right, Wilde glues together six further essential performers, all of whom litter their own musical preludes including Portishead and Swallow Cave; Will Carkett, Richard Clarke, Ellie Gray, Lexie Jennings, Mig Schillace and Florrie Adamson-Leggit, each delivering their own unique Shimmer.

Pre-order Face Down in Meta here:


Thawed Out Plainclothes Demon
Super Natural Teeth
Mortal Sport Argonaut
Duvet Day
Feels Hz (Feat. Goat Girl)
Angel Made
Cheat Codes (THPS2)
Coeval Ari
Nobody Me
Post-Dick Circle Fuck
Crash Tense Dummy

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