Friday, Aug 25
Pet Symmetry started with the best and simplest of intentions: as an excuse to goof off. In 2013,
the band’s three members, Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.) along with Erik Czaja (Dowsing) and
Marcus Nuccio (What Gives, ex-Dowsing), started kicking around ideas that were lighthearted in
nature of their full-time projects. Almost by accident, the result of their collective fun morphed into something real, and became Pet Symmetry.
The Chicago three-piece has made its live show a tight budget spectacle, often performing in
matching Hawaiian shirts,varsity jackets, or black metal makeup. Their tongue-in-cheek nature is also proudly on display with their releases, from their incredibly descriptively titled EP, Two Songs About Cars. Two Songs With Long Titles., to their canine-themed nod to the Beach Boys on their 2015 debut album, Pets Hounds.
The informal tradition of Pet Symmetry proudly continues on their sophomore album,Vision,
whose title is derived both from the inside joke that the group views themselves as mock visionaries, and the fact that the three bespectacled members look like the official house band for LensCrafters.
While Vision, the band’s first release with long-
running indie label Polyvinyl Records, adopts the
moodiness and heartfelt tones its creators are best known for, there’s an underlying sense of
playful snarkiness behind it all. Its 11 songs are fully embraced by their Pet Symmetry alter egos in an anything goes mentality.