Q&A Scene: The Peeks

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
We’re launching our debut album ‘Grow Up/Grow Down’ on Friday July 22!!! It’s been a long time in the making so it’s great to be finally here. We started recording in late October and can now happily look at our printed album – a little crazy for us. The album boasts some great guest musicians, including vocals by Anabelle Kay. There are snippets of melodica, theremin, cello, viola, violin, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, piccolo and flute throughout the album, so it’s a very colourful and eclectic piece. Saying that, it’s tied together by a strong indie-folk sound and songwriting style. We’re super proud of it and think it’s a really refreshing earful for the all the awesome music lovers out there.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
[pullquote]I really wish I’d written George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’. It’s just such a ripper track.[/pullquote] As an entire piece of work ‘Grow Up/Grow Down’ is definitely my favourite. It’s our most sonically developed, lyrically thought-out and compositionally creative. It’s my favourite because it’s the truest work I’ve done. From every sound to every word, it bleeds my personality and my world. I don’t think I could have done it any other way. I stuck to my guns and whether that results in good or bad music, it doesn’t matter. It’s how I heard the songs and that’s how it will always be, which is pretty cool. The album is definitely a key part of me ‘growing up’!

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
After playing a show in Hobart we’d made the drive back to Devonport to catch the Spirit back home to Melbourne. We were mightily peckish for some grub and it was agreed upon by the group that pizza was our holy grail. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried looking for a pizza store in Devonport, but it’s not as easy as you’d think. After approximately 45 minutes we found one! We quickly ordered, grabbed our pizzas and set ourselves up at a picnic table alongside the beach. After a few bites it was clear that this pizza was not the Italian masterpiece that we’d hoped for. To add fire to the flame, Hamish pulled a long hair from his slice of Hawaiian pizza. We finished up by feeding the pizza to a flock of seagulls. Suddenly, a wild sea eagle (potential albatross) caught the scent and swooped. Whilst much larger than the feeble seagull, the eagle was more sluggish. The battle for margarita pizza between seagull and eagle amused us for the next 40 minutes.

What, or who, inspires you?
I’m inspired by so many great things. Brilliant writers like Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton, amazing songwriters like Cat Stevens and Robin Pecknold, beautiful places like Norway’s fjord-blessed Bergen and the Great Barrier Reef, great films like ‘Sandlot Kids’ and ‘Catch Me If You Can’, tasty treats like Caramello Koalas and bakery pies, loving-people like my mum and dad, supportive siblings like my brothers and sister, and loyal friends.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
I really wish I’d written George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’. It’s just such a ripper track. It’s mellow, soulful and deep at times, whilst being ridiculously catchy and anthemic. The melody…guitar riff….backing vocals – it’s all pure class! ‘My Sweet Lord’ is simple without being plain and spreads the good word of love, passion, peace and desire. If only, if only that song fell in my lap and no one in the world could remember its existence. I’m not George Harrison so it’d probably be swept under the rug, but I’d personally be very artistically satisfied!

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Our sound is a huge pile of nutella waffles with 100% Canadian maple syrup, raspberry flavoured whipped cream, blueberry meringue, toasted walnuts, rosewater pearls, freeze-dried lemon cubes, fresh mint leaves and a dollop of creme fraiche! Plus a side of Korean Fried Chicken, parmesan-pear-rocket-vinegarette-dressed salad, a bowl of Coco pops, Chicken twisties and an array of burnt Australian natives, such as eucalypt and acacia leaves, that are still slightly smoking to evoke the olfactory senses and improve your dining experience. Ultimately, we’re an eclectic mix of this and that.

What’s next for you?
After releasing, launching and touring ‘Grow Up/Grow Down’ in Australia, we’re looking forward to shooting a few more videos for our next singles, playing some Summer festivals and planning some overseas shows. It’s super exciting to finally have a fully fleshed, detailed piece of work to share. So it’s going to be fun pushing the album to as many ears as possible. Hopefully it makes a few people smile.

What’s your scene?
My scene is enjoying a hazelnut mousse roulade in a garden of forks and spoons with my paper mache pig Herbert Billingsworth. Sharing great food and deliciously hopped ales surrounded by our close friends and family is where we like to be. We’re a pretty relaxed bunch of blokes who like to enjoy the smaller things in life. Other than that we love to go camping, traveling, eat around at Melbourne’s array of great burger joints including Mr. Burger, Royal Brothers and Grand Trailer Park Taverna, grab a cup of Messina or N2 ice-cream and hit up some smoked meat at Le Bon Ton. Melbourne definitely keeps our taste buds busy!

About the Peeks
Sounds like the first born child of Fleet Foxes & Crowded House married Local Natives, then had an illegitimate son with James Vincent McMorrow’s daughter Ben Howard whom went on to work in Bon Iver’s fine dining restaurant that was later accused of food-poisoning Band of Horses.

From the reflective musings of vocalist Fraser Henry, Melbourne indie folk-rock trio The Peeks have quickly become one of 2016’s bands to watch with their debut album GROW UP/GROW DOWN hitting airwaves in July. With the album’s first single, Don’t Tell Your Mama, gaining spins on Double J & Unearthed Radio alongside warm reviews from a vast collection of smiling, delighted & short-, and, far-sighted well-wishers, the boys have been hard at work brewing beer, making cheese & crafting three-legged viking stools.

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