and Peaness bring the good times to Manchester
PLUS: CAMPFIRE SOCIAL, PATCHWORK GUILT
SOUP KITCHEN, MANCHESTER. 04.08.17 INDIE-PUNK TRIO DO THEIR BIT FOR THE PLANET AT RECORD LAUNCH
TONIGHT IS a launch party for the brand new, ecologically-aware Peaness single Uglyveg, and the lucky folks who buy the physical bundle will also get sweet pea seeds, a tutorial vid that shows how to plant them and “a carrot and pea plush that Rach’s mum made”.this says quite a bit about the band. Not only are they completely home-grown (Ba-dum-tsch), they’re also twee, charming and – despite their first EP having been called No Fun – a lot of clean, wholesome fun.
they also have an awful name (yes, they know and yes, they’re fine with it), whereas Patchwork Guilt have a splendid one.as a bedroom project given recent legs, however, their pleasant swirls and meanderings don’t have the live presence to match. Campfire Social bring a touch more melancholy, a sub-mumford groove, and are what Douglas Adams might have described as ‘mostly harmless’.
Peaness up the energy levels considerably without quite hitting the switch marked ‘oomph’.there’s the slightest hint of a grunge fuzz in parts, but on the whole this is pure indie-punk sunshine, and what Peaness lack in power they make up for in jangling grooves and sumptuous melodies. the harmonies conjured up between front-pair Jess Branney and Balla Balbenta slide down like aural ice-cream and the lush ‘I wanna get lost with you’ refrain of Seafoam Islands is more redolent of a tropical breeze than the rugged North Wales coastline that’s closer to their hometown of chester than anywhere more exotic.
Uglyveg itself comes and goes but it’s not until closer Fortune Favours the Bold that the audience starts to get its bob on. It hasn’t been the wildest of nights but Peaness do provide their own pleasant diversion.
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