Photography by Lester Lyons-Hookham
The Peach Pit Evolution
Guitarist Chris Vanderkooy interviewed by Steffen Armstrong
"Sometimes it's hard to know if Instagram followers are fans of the band or just fans of our online antics", admits Peach Pit guitarist Chris Vanderkooy. "But the turn-out for shows in cities we've never played before is always surprising us in a good way".
Peach Pit are a little mad, their zaney online presence testifies to that fact. And yes, they always seem to be stuffing their faces *nom nom*. But don't let their massive online following detract from the reason why they've amassed such a loyal fan flock; the 2016 EP Sweet FA was a delightful start and the 2017 debut LP Being So Normal continued even better. Evolution was key.
Peach Pit have definitely changed direction over the course of the two releases. "It's gotten a little grungier, a little angrier. It hasn't been very intentional either, more just the natural evolution of the band. As much as we love happy upbeat pop songs you gotta try and hit an E minor once in awhile, ya know"?
We know, Chris Vanderkooy. And we're glad you have hit it! It's true, the band are a little grungier, but it's taken no melodic charm away from the Peach Pit proposition. Truth is they probably just sound a lot cooler now than they did before. Listen to Alrighty Aphrodite or Not Me to understand why. It's less sickly chewed bubble gum pop and more melodic led guitar dream wave.
But with great musical power and online followers comes great responsibility. And sometimes, you gotta leave the early adopting bubble chew poppers behind. "We had a lot of people hear our live up-tempo version of Drop The Guillotine, and then listen to the EP and be disappointed it was different. Then we released the faster version and instantly started seeing comments saying slow version was way better. The internet is a fickle thing".
Ultimately, you've got to decide whether the old or the new Peach Pit are for you. They are two very different bands. But we like that they have chosen the path of evolution, guessing it would have been too easy to continue in the vain of Sweet FA, despite its great online success, and experimented with something new to great success. The Arctic Monkeys didn't stop at looking good on the dance floor, did they?