Interview By: Remington Fioraso
Photo Credit: Alicia Giammaria
Originally based in Hamilton, Pet Sun is a rock band based in Toronto. The band consists of Parth Jain, Stephane Senecal-Tremblay, Sam Rashid, and Nic Arbour. The band released their debut EP, Feel Like I’m Going Away, on October 7, 2014.
What inspired your band name, “Pet Sun?”
We like to think of it as happiness on a leash. I’ve also always liked the line from Something In The Way “And the animals I’ve trapped have all become my pets”.
Who are your influences?
We’re pretty much directly influenced by whoever we listen to. The Vines. Nirvana. Sabbath. Weather also influences me.
How did you originally meet?
We all met in different stages of school. Parth and I met in grade 5. Sam and I met in grade 9. And I met Nic in university.
What was the recording experience like for your new EP, Feel Like I’m Going Away?
The EP was recorded mostly in Parth’s basement in Hamilton. Lutes and Brides were recorded at Dream House Studios in Toronto. Initially we weren’t sure if the basement recordings would be more than just demos but after some production work they turned out well so we kept them.
How has the reception been so far?
Been sweet so far!!! We released two videos which lots of people have been sharing. Meeting new people at shows too. Nice to see more people coming out!
What influenced you to make the EP available on cassette in addition to digital format?
The opportunity to be involved with Burger Records Cassette Store Day was presented to us so we jumped on it. Tapes are inexpensive to produce and we can sell them for cheap at shows so it gets the music out there. We also wanted the EP to be our first physical release so tape seemed like a good place to start.
How was the filming experience for “Gimme Your Soul?”
It was more like randomly getting a camera shoved in your face haha. Our manager came to party with us in Hamilton for a show. The camera was pretty much always rolling so we tried to ignore it… not always easy though. So we ended up spitting all over ourselves cause we’re camera shy i guess.
Who are some of your favourite Canadian artists?
Metz. And our homeboy Alex Gorodskoy.
What is your favourite drink?
I think Miller High Life. Budweiser… Pilsner is good too. Coffee. Diet Coke.
What was the first album you remember buying?
The first album i actually remember going out and purchasing was The Vines Highly Evolved. My mom took me to the store to find it. I’m sure there were several shitty forgettable purchases before this though….
What is your favourite TV show?
Sam and I really like Jimmy Fallon. Does that count? I like The Killing too.
Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
If you’re out there…. if anybody is out there… please show sign of life. haha. Also lots of new music coming very early in the new year.
Hi Everyone! My name is Remington Fioraso. I am a graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley’s Bachelor of Arts program in Sociology, Anthropology, and Media and Communication Studies. Within my program, I focused on social media, learning about contemporary and classical sociological theory (Including Marx, Foucault, Bourdieu, and Durkheim), and communicating effectively in various modes and for different audiences (including oral communication, business communication, academic writing, entertainment media, and presentations utilizing visual media). Within my program, the question arose for many courses, “What is the relevance in the real world?” Stepping (temporarily) away from being in university, I gained an interest in Latin American development, social movements, and business. Sooner than later, I will be applying for post-grad programs to dive further into LA development and social movements to gain a theory-background in addition to a personal perspective onto the topics. In my free time, I love to travel, consume media, eat, listen to music, and write. Listening to music and writing led to my interest in working with Canadian Beats! I have been a part of the team since April 2014. A few of my personal highlights of interviews include ones with some of my favourite artists – Sumo Cyco, Madeline Merlo, and High Valley. Be sure to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!