Sunday, February 5, 2012

Local Spotlight - Pet Clinic - February 2012 - Pittsburgh -

Pet Clinic is our artist spotlight of the month. They are releasing their debut album The Dust That Made the Fire That Made the Light. They are getting a great deal of attention surrounding the release from better publications such as City Paper. The official release date for the album is Saturday, 2.11. To celebrate, the band is having a release party at The Shop with Pgh stalwarts the Harlan Twins along with dj TM Eye. The release show will begin at 7:30 and only costs $7. Plus, you can pick up a copy of their album on vinyl. 

How did the band come together? Were you all friends that went to school? or?

Mike Arendt and I went to highschool together. I met Kenneth Nelson when he came to hangout during a Landline practice (the band I was playing drums in at the time). Ian Edwards and Kenny had been playing music through highschool and when he came back from college in Amsterdam, he joined up with us to play bass after Alec Mundy respectfully stepped down. John Henderson approached me after a Landline show to swap contacts so we could play music with each other. With all of these people at all of the right times, we decided to call ourselves Pet Clinic.

How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you?


Are you all originally from the Pittsburgh area? Families here as well?

Yes, all except for John's roots coming from Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Do you have day jobs?


How do you create your music? What is the song writing process?

There are no limitations on how someone writes a song. Most of the time, it starts with somewhat of an emotion.

What are your goals for the band? What would you like to accomplish?

They say the sky is the limit so.. we'd like to see where that is.

What advice would you give to local acts trying to make it?

Mean what you say.

Have you all toured nationally? Or do you usually stay more regionally?

We have gone as far as Philadelphia but we've mostly stayed in Pittsburgh. We will be getting a van very soon which should allow us to see a few new faces.

Being in the Pgh area, do you find it more difficult to try and succeed?

No, our rent is cheaper than most peoples cell phone bills.

What are some of the obstacles you face trying to create some 'success' in Pgh?

We are always willing to meet more like-minded musicians.

What are the positive benefits of being in the area?

You get every season.

Is there a venue you have enjoyed playing more than others in the area?

Basement parties have always treated us right.

You can find more information about the band at these sites:


  1. This guys have to be the best live show in Pittsburgh. The energy they produce just makes you want to move! Definately gonna go see them this Saturday!