A POPULAR Colchester-based punk band is celebrating after one of their albums cemented its place in the top 20 UK album chart list.

Pet Needs' newest album, Intermittent Fast Living, has found itself battling against names as big as Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo in the UK album charts.

After being out for just two weeks, the anthem-filled album has finally reached seventeenth place in the official UK album charts. 

Johnny Marriott, one of the band founders, said: "We're absolutely blown away. We were aiming for a top 40 record, which also felt like a stretch initially.

"To finish in the top 20 has surpassed all of our wildest expectations, and the end the week as the fourth highest selling band in the chart is nuts."

The album, which is their third studio release, came out on February 16 and features 11 punkish songs. 

Johnny continued: "We knew if we were going to chart, it would be in the first week of release as it was predominantly on presales.

"So when it happened it wasn't a surprise, but how well it did definitely was."


The album also found itself peaking at 4th in the UK album sales charts, peaking 3rd on the album download charts and peaking at 2nd on the official record store chart.

Intermittent Fast Living is inspired by the relentless, stop-start lifestyle the members of Pet Needs have found themselves living in recent times as they tour around the world.

Separation Anxiety, the leading track, is an unconventional love song capturing the difficulties of being away from loved ones when you’re constantly on the road.

Currently, Pet Needs is on tour in the United States and will be back in England in April, leading a tour after the amazing success of their chart-topping album.

The highest-ranked award the band has ever received before is 92nd in the Indie charts.

For more information go to www.petneedsband.com.