Pet Lions consists of Karl Ostby, Shuhei Yamamoto, Matt Dahl and Joseph Murphy. The band was formed in late 2008 in Chicago, and self-released its debut EP Soft Right in 2009. After garnering the attention of music fans and critics alike, Pet Lions released their debut full-length Houses in 2011 and continued to build upon their foundation of "immediately appealing indie-rock equally filled with sonic surprise and familiar melodiousness".
Pet Lions has toured extensively in support of Houses, landing support slots with White Rabbits, Tennis, The Black Lips, Maps & Atlases, Generationals, and Here We Go Magic. Their music has also been featured on popular television shows Vampire Diaries (The CW), Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!), and Greek (ABC Family), as well as highlighted in publications Nylon Magazine and The Huffington Post, who tapped Houses as one of the best Chicago albums of 2011.
The band's new single "Lightning Bolt" (August 14, 2012) sees Pet Lions continue to expand their songwriting, seamlessly weaving sonic craftsmanship and pop sensibility. As they continue writing and recording their sophomore album, Pet Lions is a band to watch.