PEEL - 'Memory Loop' Single Launch - Early Show
PEEL’s sound is anchored in classic elements of shoegaze – that delicate balance of fragility and intensity – with psychedelic colourations and driving post-punk undertones. The band weave fuzz and reverb with luminous synths and sequencers, atmospheric soundscapes, dazed vocals and propulsive rhythms.
There’s a sense of nostalgia that evokes illusions of 80s/90s UK indie, from The Jesus and Mary Chain to The Stone Roses, but with the luminescence of modern psychedelia. This mood is carried through to the band's photographs and videos, with a visual atmosphere that balances grainy textures and a dream-like surrealities, creating an ocular tension reminiscent of 90s aesthetics.
Formed following a five-year hiatus from writing and recording, the band started piecing together what would become their debut release in mid-2019, with no purpose other than that it was time to start making music again.
Ideas flooded, gravitating towards a sonic architecture that is spacious, gritty and textural. At the start of 2020, the band headed into the studio to start turning demos into songs, something that seemed counterintuitive considering the moment in time, but necessary all the same.
Working at BLANKSPACE in Sydney with producer James Christowki, the band recorded in chunks, piecing together an expansive collection of tracks over a few months. The studio – an open-plan space loaded with noise-making tools – was conducive to experimentation and collaboration. Ideas and energy flowed fluidly, with members jumping between instruments, guests dropping in and out and the band exploring new sonic territory – a process that was at times chaotic but always building towards something provocative and alluring.
Six months later, the band have emerged with five tracks through which singer Nick Stillman’s vocals brim with nonchalant purpose, telling stories from space and earth,
while guitarist Harry Tuckwell’s arsenal of soundscapes venture from sophisticatedriffs into utter chaos. These elements are barrelled forth by Tom Kell’s relentless and formidable drumming, with doses of otherworldly synthesizers and grimey bass navigating subtle moments and dynamic movement floating. The trio are joined live by Steven Schouten of Misty Lanes and Sam Vallellanes of Montes Jura.
‘Memory Loop’ is the first single from PEEL’s forthcoming debut EP, due for release in 2021, out via Third Eye Stimuli.
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