woon – “Pet Names”


“Pet Names” is a captivating alt-rock success from woon, a band based in Hastings, UK. Exhilarating guitar distortion lends an excitably whirring effect to start, traversing into a grunge-friendly composure as the vocals emerge. “Well, I beg to differ,” the start with a higher-pitched ferocity. The fantastic “my baby’s got a body count,” hook envelops thereafter, conjuring a power-pop nostalgia akin to Teenage Fanclub. The “gorgeous angel,” pulses thereafter dive into the alt-rock/grunge synergy thereafter, reminiscent of Weezer’s heyday.

“Pet Names” is a gripping, evolving rock production with ample dynamic charm — from the yearning power-pop gestures in the bridge to the chorus’ blistering alt-rock vigor. This is a consuming, standout debut single from a band that appears poised for a quick ascent. The track wears its Nirvana inspiration on its sleeves with enjoyable, throwback engrossment.

The band elaborates on the track:

“Pet Names describes the breakup of a partnership that has become completely irreparable. A partnership whereby bad behaviours have become normalised and one partner has been fed a narrative that they have given the benefit of the doubt to but through the actions of the other, knows isn’t the truth. This is displayed in every aspect of the way they are treated, including the loving nicknames they are given being used when they are being thrown to the curb.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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