Rad Releases 23 – PEACH
Our annual end-of-year feature is finally here, the time we enjoy the most where we spend the final two weeks of the year discussing the music that made 2023 special. Our Rad Releases feature is now in its 13th year, and we love sharing the site with musicians, labels, and promoters as we discuss their year in music. We take a personal look back on familiar names’ most loved releases of the past 12 months. It’s a time we enjoy and look forward to, through the contributions we get to find new music discoveries, and releases we may have missed throughout the year.
Bristol-based post-punk quartet PEACH just blew onto the scenes and immediately you understood how special this outfit is. In September, the band released their immense debut self-titled album and this is a record on heavy rotation. PEACH emits such ebullient energy. The chaos of their creations simply consumes you. After a colossal year for the band, we are excited to hear more about the records that have made their 2023….
In Times New Roman – QOTSA
Queens were a big early influence on PEACH, the new album is typically killer
I Inside the Old Year Dying – PJ Harvey
Another big influence on us, consistently releasing incredible records
Galore – The St Pierre Snake Invasion
Bristol hot shots. This album is killer and it deserves a lot of praise. They also recorded at Middle Farm Studios, and it certainly sounds like they put their all into it
Red Flags – Brittany Howard
Alabama Shakes/Brittany Howard is a large influence for Ellie. The way she writes and sings really is something special. She encapsulates weird and wonderful ideas. What a dream woman
Punks Dead – Softplay
Tim’s obsessed with the latest Softplay release that came out recently- ‘Punks Dead’. We can’t wait to hear what’s coming from them two…
The best show you have played this year/gig attended
The best show we have played this year has to be our album launch at Rough Trade Bristol back in October. Writing and releasing our album was at least two or three years in the making in total due to the pandemic and other outside delays, so when we finally got the album launch it was an emotional occasion. It was a sold out show, we played the whole album plus a few unrecorded new tunes and we had our good friends Patrick James Pearson (keys) and Simon Dobson (trumpet) who guested on the album come up on stage with us for the last tune which sent shivers down our spine. The response we got from the audience was magical, we felt a hell of a lot of love and made the whole process totally worth it.
Your own highlight of the year
Finally getting our debut album released… it was painful at times. A real labour of love. Blood sweat and tears went into that record and the weight lifted when it finally came out was something we will never forget.
Has there been any record that’s got you through this year?
Not necessarily the full record but we have somehow created a ritual of blasting out and singing along to Kiss from a Rose by Seal in the car to decompress after gigs.
Sometimes I Might Be Introvert – Little Simz (Ellie’s choice)
Best musical discovery this year?
Any or all of the top 5 above.
HEISA (Belgium) came on the PEACH radio Spotify and Ellie and Tim like them very much.
El Shirota (we played with them in London and it was energetic)
Artist/Band to watch for 2024
Fellow Bristol post-punkers MOULD.. check out their single ‘Birdsong’.
Bristol trio MASCA.. check out their EP ‘Sink’.
Sang Froid (supported our launch).. they’re just magical
Plans for the New Year
We’re actually gigging this New Year in Nottingham at the Chameleon Arts Cafe with our dear friends Sang Froid (who were our main support at the album launch) as well as Ekhidna, KKETT, Dusker and Myopics. It’s going to be wild.
We are collating ideas for album two and planning on recording with Peter Miles back at Middle Farm Studios. As well as planning for some potential spring/autumn gigs/tours, we are incredibly honoured to be asked to play 2000 Trees and ArcTanGent, two of our favourite UK festivals, in July and August 2024.
We will be playing our first two shows of the year in Nottingham at JT Soar (26/01) and then Leeds at Wharf Chambers (27/01). Pop in, won’t you?
Thank you so much PEACH, we are excited to see you on more bills next year!