L.A. Peach is no shrinking violet, having carved out a reputation for extroversion, wonky storytelling and a wondrously woozy strain of indie-pop.
The London-based singer-songwriter has created a curious and captivating world, earning lofty comparisons to the likes of Father John Misty, Kurt Vile and Mac DeMarco for his lackadaisical love songs and soulful smoky voice.
How would you describe L.A. Peach to a stranger?
“I would describe it the exact same way my good friend Peter described it to a mutual friend: “They sound like Brian Jonestown Massacre meets Ween.” But then it’s probably a tiny bit more flamboyant than that…”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“Sergio Leone, Ennio Morricone, Fat White Family and PJ Harvey.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“We headlined a show at The Shacklewell Arms back in August. The room was totally packed out, the sound was fantastic, we sold a bunch of merch and no one tried to fight anyone. It was like a rom-com! All of the new material was received very well indeed.”
You’re based in London – what’s your local music scene like?
“Yes, London, it’s odd, I’m not sure you could talk about a particular scene, especially as we cross over into different styles. I always feel inspired after going to shows though, for better or for worse, so I reckon all in all the scene is pretty vibrant. There are some bad eggs though, and you should always be aware of who you’re dealing with. Gut instincts should be listened to!”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“At this point, you’ve probably all listened to YOWL, but, if for some godforsaken reason, you haven’t, then get down and dig their new material.
In July this year, we toured with Lacuna Common, and it was an absolute pleasure. They’ve since supported Biffy Clyro and everyone loves ’em, so don’t be a fool!
Haze. Olivia (L.A. Peach saxophonist) and I went to go see them the other day and it was 30 minutes of pure unadulterated sensual dancing, we actually met them on that Lacuna Common tour and then we all watched a Tottenham game together before our Shacklewell show and we became rivals in music and sport.”
And finally, what does the future hold for L.A. Peach?
“We’re recording an album at the moment, taking our time and making it special. Got our first Manchester show on November 10th – that is gonna be a blast. It’ll be our first full-band show. We’re doing a couple of live sessions, one on a boat. I’m learning to drive. Gonna spend Christmas at the in-laws so I might not make it to 2020.”