Monday, May 28, 2007

Austin’s Peel – “a bunch of jolly honkies,” according to Vice Magazine – lauches tour.

“You can’t go wrong with a bunch of jolly honkies from Austin who play tight pop songs smeared with fuzzed-out keyboards and caustic guitars. I bet they love coloring books, sharing strawberry milkshakes at the local soda fountain, and ‘being good.’ It's like Stephen Malkmus and Belle & Sebastian adopted a litter of wiry, freckle-faced redheads and, instead of receiving severe beatings for the rest of their lives, the kids were taught how to play slacker twee tunes that don't make you feel gay for listening to them.” – Vice

“Austin indie-rock revivalist act Peel is a throwback to the heady Post-Pavement days of the mid-90’s, when hundreds of small timers married affectless vocals to springy guitars and scattered sonic slop, creating a joyous din. The band’s debut album, Peel (Peek-a-Boo), would’ve been a standout then, with catchy oddities like “Oxford” and “1949” sounding simultaneously vintage and immediate. – The Onion

“Listening to Peel, a young five-piece hailing from Austin, Texas, is like taking part in a high-speed pursuit through garageland at the height of summer with the Velvet Underground and Apples In Stereo on your tail…This is exhilarating stuff which gravitates towards greatness the more you play it.” – Popmatters

Peel will set out in June on its first U.S. tour in support of its self-titled debut album. Drummer Alex Brown from the band Prom Night will be joining the band on drums for the tour. The record has had the press raving, and has been gaining the band comparisons to everyone from Pavement to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. While flattering, these comparisons have left the members of Peel scratching their heads.

With classically trained pianist Allison Moore managing multiple keyboards, country music fan Dakota Smith giving Peel its twang, and lefty-ruling-right-handed-guitarist Josh Permenter in the mix, the members of the group like to think they’ve set themselves apart.

Moore muses, “It’s really weird when people do long winded comparisons to bands like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, or The Islands, or most hysterically claim that my songwriting is ‘definitively influenced by Architecture in Helsinki,’“ says Moore. “I've never even listened to those bands. I have no idea what that article even means!” Moore isn’t totally out of the indie rock loop, however, as she shares a house with Jared Van Fleet from another Austin buzz band, Voxtrot. “You should see our house... it’s ridiculous,” she explains. “We're both keyboardists, and I think there's literally like 14 different organs, synthesizers, and types of keyboards and pianos in our house.”

Peel will make its way down south and back up the east coast, and will play three New York dates before returning back home to perform with The Liars and fellow Austin band The White Ghost Shivers.

Peel Live:
*w/ The Octopus Project
** w/ Page France
06/02 Austin, TX Emo’s *
06/08 Denton, TX Hailey’s
06/09 Shreveport, LA Jackrabbit Lounge
06/10 Mobile, AL Cell Block
06/11 Birmingham, AL The Nick (w/ Morning State)
06/12 Atlanta, GA Smith's Olde Bar
06/13 Wilmington, NC Bella Festa
06/14 Washington, DC The Black and the Red**
06/15 Brooklyn, NY The Battering Room
06/16 New York, NY Piano's
06/17 New York, NY Piano's
06/20 Fort Wayne, IN The Firehouse
06/21 Chicago, IL The Darkroom

Peel Tracklisting:
Stream The Album HERE
01. Oxford (MP3)
02. Bells
03. In The City (MP3)
04. Sliding Doors
05. Workers, Wake Up!
06. 1949
07. Moxy Blues
08. Love Soaked in Blood
09. Someone’s Cousin
10. Tejax
11. Navy Waves

On The Web:

Subscribe to Fanatic:
New Media:

No comments: