I dunno about you, but I’m already gearing up for summer. This is probably due in part to the fact that it’s April, the sun is (sort of) out, and we’ve just had a shit-tonne of bank holidays. But, it feels like Chester based three-piece Peaness have also played a significant role in the summer feeling pre-game thanks to their belter of an EP, ‘Are You Sure?’.
Think back to the 90s when a wave of punky fem-rock kicked its way into the alternative music scene, when the likes of Hole or Splendora dominated the stage, and you’ll have a sound somewhat similar to Peaness.
However, instead of a collection of songs drenched and weighed down in nostalgia, ‘Are You Sure?’ is a refreshing take on the era; more indie than punk, yet just as visceral and relatable. Take a listen to the likes of ‘Same Place’ and you’ll be all too familiar with the gut wrenching realisation of passed youth, and the suckerpunching responsibilities of adulthood.
Seriously, everything is hard enough as it is, and then they slap council tax on it. Bah!
Even with the somewhat bleak subject matter, thanks to their soft-as-a-duvet voices and delicious melodies, Peaness have crafted such a perfect sound. Whilst they have all the hallmarks of being tagged as “just another indie band” by the ignorant, Peaness break the norm with a refreshing combination of honesty, reliability, and catchiness that courses through each of their tracks.
While a bit more variety would be required for a full-length release, ‘Are You Sure?’ is still an incredibly delightful listen, one that is guaranteed to be blasting out of your speakers all summer long.
Written by Andy Roberts (@Sassensquatch)
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