Believe it or not according to The Bayonettes the band member’s Emmalee Johnson-Kao (bassist/vocalist) and Jasmine Stade (guitarist/vocalist) first informal introduction happened in kindergarten. When the pair wasn’t busy putting glitter on uncooked macaroni and combing each other's hair they were apparently figuring out how to create the dopest rock band on the planet.
This was all back in 2002. A mere twelve years later they decided to bring on Dylan Hadley (drums) and started rocking out local cafes and battle of the band competitions which sent a majority of the testosterone-fueled bands back to the drawing board. Recently, the trio dropped Peaches and let me tell you these young ladies bring the goods.
Peaches is an indie/pop album that meets the criteria for what most people look for in the genre. First of the songs are just well written. They are catchy with plenty of hooks. The trio shows their creativity as well as technical skills throughout the duration on the album.
Then there are the vocal performances, which ultimately carry these songs. Finally, this album doesn’t drag and never overstays its welcome. At ten songs with most of them between two to four minutes the album feels like the perfect length and ends before you might need a breather.
The album kicks things off with an off kilter intro entitled “Peach Supreme A.” It revolves around army-like snare rolls and vocal harmonies. The under a minute intro goes into “Deathbead” which is a fleshed out rock/pop song. “This Morning” showcases a more melancholy side of the band. It sounds good. I was hearing shades of bands like The Pixies and PJ Harvey on “This Morning” and “Oedipus.”
Did I mention these lyrics shimmer with poetic ingenuity. “Embyro” is wrapped in themes of discovery. The vocalist sings, “Ember between my fingertips / Burns so sweet, and so deadly / Always I wanted to be special / And since I was an embryo, got to go away from home.”
Peaches feels like an honest, heartfelt yet not too serious album that is easy to embrace. Good job, ladies.
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