Indie-Rocker and TikTok Star Petey Salutes Blink-182 and Big Macs


Photo courtesy of Petey.

This is SOUND ADVICE, a weekly destination for playlists curated by Interview’s friends, enemies, and lovers. Over the past few weeks, we’ve gathered playlists by Sextile, OLTH, and Tems. This week, we go beyond the TikTok FYP with Peter Martin, better known as Petey, whose latest album, USA, concentrates the artist’s patriotic stream-of-consciousness over melodic synthesizers and blaring drum machines. Even though Petey only dances at weddings, you can mosh through his mix of middle school rock educators like Pearl Jam and Fall Out Boy alongside the modern pop-punk of glaive and Oso Oso. In the ensuing questionnaire, he reveals his favorite American lake, who he trusts most with the Aux cord, and his preferred post-gig meal, a staple of the all-American diet.


Where do you dance? At a wedding I suppose… 

Bluetooth or wired headphones? Bluetooth.

Who do you trust most with aux? Director Crane or Dr. Etron.

What’s your national anthem? The Star-Spangled Banner.

What was your first concert? REM at the Auditorium Theatre Chicago.

Favorite album cover? The Devil and God Are Raging Inside of Me [by Brand New].

What song do you have on repeat? Astrid by glaive.

Favorite artist not enough people know about: Oso Oso.

If you could work with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be? Post Malone.

What’s your go-to post gig meal? Big Mac.

Where’s the afters? No more! 

What song is playing in heaven?  You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC.

What’s your favorite movie needle-drop? Everytime I Look For You, Blink-182 in American Pie 2.

What’s a music taste red flag? Anything is fine, we can talk about something else — anything else!

Favorite Midwest emo: Bear vs. Shark. 

Silver Lake or Lake Michigan? Lake Michigan. 

Favorite baseball cap to wear on stage? Cubs.