One of the best things about this year’s GDP is how much new material the lineup is bringing. Most of the acts are either riding the wake of a recent album release, in the middle of recording, or currently releasing new singles. Des Moines rock trio, Pets With Human Names, are one such band.

Following the release of their self-titled debut album in 2014, they’ve become one of the hard-to-miss Des Moines acts. After nearly three years of touring and exploring the many corners of the rock genre, the band will drop the needle on the new single of their upcoming album at this year’s GDP.

Akratic” rips with all the same urgency of 80’s thrash punk. Chock-full of distortion, grime, and manic energy, the track is a step in a decidedly more aggressive direction. It’s a welcome introduction to the band’s long-awaited sophomore effort, Creature Comforts. Hear it live at 9:15 on the Vaudeville Mews stage.

Written by Treynor Reis

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See Pets With Human Names perform at GDP Music Festival 2017 on Saturday, April 29 – 9:15pm at Vaudeville Mews (212 4th St.)!

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GDP is organized by the nonprofit the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC). GDP 2017 is made possible with the generous support of Bravo Greater Des Moines, Iowa TaproomYelp DSMConfluence Brewing CompanyVital Signs Display Graphics, VolunteerLocalSaturday Mfg.KFMG 98.9 FMVaudeville Mews, and 4th Street Theatre.


Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an all Iowa music festival featuring musical artists from Greater Des Moines and across Iowa. Coordinated by the Des Moines Music Coalition and a team of volunteers, the goal of GDP is to organize an event that best supports Iowa musicians and their needs for growth in the music industry.

For 2017, our main objectives are (1) to boost exposure and build the audience for smaller, up-and-coming Iowa acts, (2) to bring more acts from outside Des Moines to expose local artists to new ideas, and (3) to continue supporting the genre diversity represented in the 2016 festival. As in the past, GDP continues to support primarily young and new artists who are taking their first steps into creative self-expression through music and doing so in a positive, collaborative way.

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