Canadian group Pest 5000 operated from 1993-1997, and it
really doesn’t get any more mid 90s than that. Their sound is like a warm
blanket. I have a very strong connection to that time period in regard to
music. It’s when I did a good deal of growing up, and when I started developing
my taste in music. Not to say it was good taste, but I realized that the glossy
mainstream pop that we listened to when the neighbors carpooled us to school
was unappealing and that I’d much rather listen to the glossy mainstream
alternative rock that co-dominated the radio waves in that post-Nirvana period.
Gin Blossoms, Goo Goo Dolls, Everclear, Bush, Dishwalla. Those bands got
scratched into my soul over the various summers of my youth. Pest 5000’s lo-fi
indie pop was the alternative to the alternative. While they were also benefactors
of the grungy atomic bomb that hit the reset button on popular music in 1991.
“Cold Feet” is a fuzzy, catchy little number that deserves to be played on
repeat. It isn’t as dated as a lot of the music from that period and sounds a
lot like the bedroom pop being crafted by thousands of twentysomethings in 2014
(the more experimental, electro leaning b-side “Where the Moon is” doesn’t hold
up nearly as well). Pest 5000 win extra points for having released one of the
last 7”s on the bygone and beloved Harriet Records label. In the group’s
five-year lifespan, they released one full length LP, an album of b-sides and
remixes, and a handful of 7”s. It’s a respectable offering from a period where
bands seemed to exist for a couple of 7”s and vanished off the face of the
earth (or, more likely, were dissolved into other bands).
"X-ing Things," from the band's lone LP Interabang.