Puncturing the silence as they eagerly await their return to the live stage this Summer, the latest single from the skyrocketing Essex four-piece arrives as they confirm their place on the bill of Xtra Mile Recordings’ touring one-day festival shows: ‘The Gatherings’. With the outdoor events beginning as soon as next week, you can find a full list of live dates below...

A highlight of their acclaimed debut album, ‘Fractured Party Music’, ‘Overcompensating’ finds frontman Johnny Marriott exasperating about the contrived expectations of happiness in the modern age.

“The whole tune was built around the line "we'll laugh about this one day (separately and at the expense of each other)"” says Johnny. “It then grew into a story about a desperate attempt to prove to people that life is brilliant when in reality we all have rough days and we're all vulnerable at times. To any old friends who think they may have influenced this song - don't worry! It's almost definitely purely fictitious.”

Delivered at 100mph and packing a moshpit-primed punch guaranteed to leave you dazed, it’s a track described by the band as “the ultimate Fractured Party song”. Catchy, euphoric, heavy and disconcerting, “Overcompensating” is just the latest in a string of head-turning singles in 2021 including the BBC6 Music championed “Tracey Emin’s Bed” and “Toothpaste”.

Founded in Colchester by brothers George and Johnny Marriott, PET NEEDS are the band Britain needs right now. With a clutch of anti-anthems inspired by the disastrous job interviews, self-destruction and river journeys on inflatable kayaks that have defined their lives, their idiosyncratic lyrics and an effusive spirit have seen them rise through the ranks with lightning speed. With a line up also featuring Jack (drums) and Rich (bass), the four-piece have shared stages with the likes of Muncie Girls, Buzzcocks, Maximo Park, PiL and The Undertones and impressed audiences at several major festivals. In a date with destiny, their explosive live performance at Camden Rocks would see them win-over: Frank Turner, with the star offering to mix and master their upcoming debut album.

Forced off the road in 2020, PET NEEDS took it as a sign to complete their long awaited debut: ‘Fractured Party Music’ which finally arrived in 2021 to widespread praise from titles including Dork, Vive Le Rock, NARC, Punktastic, Noizze Mag and more.

Working with Frank Turner in the studio to capture their explosive live sound to record, PET NEEDS are now set to support the folk/punk pin-up on stage this Summer as they join the line-up of ‘The Gathering’ outdoor shows. Performing “Overcompensating” and more from ‘Fractured Party Music’ for the first time since its release, catch PET NEEDS letting off steam and in their element at the following dates and venues:



  • 19 – Bideford, The Big Sheep*
  • 26 – Frome, Cheese & Grain*
  • 27 – Frome, Cheese & Grain*


  • 8 – Liverpool Top Rope Brewery* - competition winners only
  • 17 – Gloucester Llanthony Secunda Priory*
  • 18 – Gloucester Llanthony Secunda Priory*


  • 21 – Manchester Urmston Sports Club (full band show)


  • 3 – Hull, Zebedees Yard*

Pet Needs are back with a racket of unholy noise and arch lyrical nuance that in new single: “Overcompensating”.


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