Brian Pretus is using a day off to catch up on “America’s Got Talent.”
Well, actually, he’s watching the finale of the TV show.
“You can’t deny it’s a good show,” he says in a recent phone interview. “We’re ready to get back out on tour for this West Coast run.”
Pretus the guitarist for the hardcore punk band Pears.
The band is rounded out by Zach Quinn, Erich Goodyear and Jarret Nathan.
The band was formed in 2014 by Pretus and Quinn after the demise of their band The Lollies. It has released two full-length albums – 2014’s “Go to Prison” and 2016’s “Green Star.”
Pears is gearing up to release “Human Movement,” a split record with fellow punk band Direct Hit.
The album will have six songs from each band.
“We’ve been talking about doing a split album since we met the guys in Direct Hit more than three years ago,” he says. “We thought it would be awesome. We decided to wait a bit to see if either one of us got signed. Then we both got signed to Fat Wreck Chords. The songs complement each other. We are hardcore, and they are more pop. I couldn’t imagine a better split.”
Instead of using cast-off songs from its previous album, “Green Star,” Pears decided to write six new songs.
“We wrote it like it was a short full-length album,” he says. “With every release, we’ve tried to make it a cohesive unit. We try to make them all flow together. It’s the same kind of roller coaster. We had ups and downs making the album.”
Pretus says the band let each song flow together.
He and Quinn spent a lot of time together just playing music. The good stuff would be kept and taken to the band. The bad stuff, simply forgotten.
“We still haven’t found a formula for writing,” he says. “But I think that’s what makes this band special. There’s no set way for anything. I get to perform with my three best friends night after night. We enjoy each other’s company and bring a new energy to each show.”