Pet Envy: Local Artist of the Week

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Pet Envy has been a staple band at Lightning100 since their formation in 2015. We have featured them for their singles “Lunch Money,” “MiddleMan,” and “Slower,” and continue to spin their captivating tracks. Spinning Unrest said “Pet Envy pretty much sums up all of Nashville’s awesomeness (and then some) via a catchy and upbeat sound that’s hard not to love.” And we completely agree.

The band continues to amaze listeners by combining pop, folk, and R&B vibes, and their newest release “Magic’s Gone” is no different. While the sounds of the band are the same, lyrically Pet Envy decided to go a new route. “We came up with the idea of something losing its spark or losing its mystique and the romanticized idea that you and this person could co exist is gone,” vocalist Shelbi Albert wrote in Pet Envy’s recent Instagram post. “It was time for [us] to write from personal experiences. It was finally time for Pet Envy to tell it like it is.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣” 

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Happy release day! “Magic’s Gone” is yours✨👋 ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ BIG thanks to the team @jasonwademusic @stevestoked @ozwaldmusic @madisonblack ⁣⁣📷x @annelisesarah⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Hope to see you TONIGHT our first ✨LIVE STREAM✨ performance tonight on the @cincymusic FB page 9PEDT/8PCST ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ MORE ABOUT THE SONG:⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Magic’s Gone was written and recorded in two sessions. It started with a bassline Jake played on Wade’s Hofner that had foam in-between the bridge and pickup for that “exceptional round tone”. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ “working with Jason and Steve opened a whole new sonic landscape for our music to explore. We quickly developed a solid chemistry and it wasn’t too long from that first hang that we decided to make a record.” – Jake⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ While Jake and Stout continued to lay down tracks, Shelbi and Wade were riffing off funny things you don’t miss about your ex for lyrical ideas.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ “We kinda threw ideas around and came up with the idea of something losing its spark or losing its mystique and the romanticized idea that you and this person could co exist is gone. My mattress, in the time I’m writing about, was on the floor, because someone took the bed” -Shelbi⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ In the second session, vocals were recorded and a bridge section was added. Shortly after the studio magic began, Jordan Klatt (keyboards) and Matthew Singler (drums) would join and vastly contribute to the project. “Magic’s Gone” would set the tone for the debut album sonically and lyrically. It was time for Shelbi and Jake to write from personal experiences. It was finally time for Pet Envy to tell it like it is.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ “I think for a long time Jake and I were always trying to make sure we didn’t have to write about our own personal experiences too much and we did a good job of not having to tap into things we knew were gonna be hard to put into words but I’m really glad we did it. It’s therapeutic to be like “I’m gonna write about that pretty embarrassing thing that happened to be now, 10 years after it happened because I’m in a better space to do so and also, it’s relatable.” -Shelbi⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ 🐾❤

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“Magic’s Gone” is the first song to be released of the band’s debut album “A Modern Way to Stand.” Vocalist Jake Diggity wrote in a recent Instagram post about the new song’s unique album cover: “I knew I wanted each single’s cover art to tell a story and give a visual representation of the song.” Diggity wrote that he created a “surreal landscape,” implying leaving an old world for a new one. Pet Envy’s release cycle will accumulate a series of original artwork that will create cover art for their upcoming album. 

Tune in all week long to hear “Magic’s Gone” as we feature Pet Envy as our Local Artist of the Week. Catch it live on-air at 100.1FM on your dial or streaming live at lightning100.com.

written by Cate Burgan

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