The hazily evocative songwriting style of Pet Grotesque feels both unique and familiar.

The South East Londoner makes homemade bedroom-pop of the exotic variety, but buried below the ethereal fog of synths and lo-fi lounge guitars, there’s a pop sensibility that underpins each one of his wonky fusions.

Ahead of bringing his full band and downtempo vibes to our Hidden Herd Presents night at The Finsbury on Friday 16th August, we caught up with Pet Grotesque for a brief introductory chat.

How would you describe Pet Grotesque to a stranger?

“Soulful synth-pop.”

Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?

“Madlib – inventive, intuitive production. Confident enough to keep it sounding rough and raw.

Xiu Xiu – totally fearless emotional expression. Committed.

Hoops – focused pop rock structures. Unafraid to push the boat out a bit with their guitar hooks.”

What was the best gig you’ve played so far?

“I enjoyed supporting my friends Goat Girl in Bedford and Cardiff in June.”

You’re based in London – what’s your local music scene like?

“Other musicians around here are generally very supportive and receptive. People are open to more eclectic lineups now.”

Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?

“Mesita – true DIY!
Blue Nial – unique vibe!
Uncle Tesco – destined for greatness!”

And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for Pet Grotesque?

“Pet Grotesque is becoming a full band with real instruments!”

Pet Grotesque will play Hidden Herd Presents at The Finsbury on Friday 16th August alongside ST.MARTiiNS, VC Pines and Byfyn. Free tickets are available via DICE and Eventbrite.