From start to finish this EP is an absolute MUST! PeachClub have been Hexing the patriarchy since they started and Post Modern Siren is a big flashing sign that they have no intention of stopping!
If you haven’t already had the pleasure of seeing or hearing of this badass lot; Peach Club is an activist Riot GRRRL punk band from Norwich. The combination of their positive messages, butt-kicking undertones and catchy as hell melodies make them hard not to instantly love.
This five track EP is like a bag of fists throwing punches for everyone’s fight!
Rape culture? POW! Not today!
Emotional abuse? BOOM! No more of that!
Bigotry and elitism? KABLAM! NEVER AGAIN!
Peach Club are not backing down, if you have ever made anyone feel small or negative about themselves then they are donning their big boots and coming for YOU!
My favourite track changes every time I listen to the EP but there is one track I resonate with so much: Ruby. The song sets the scene innocently enough; a person has come to party and is having a great time. The riffs are bouncy; you can’t help but bop along yourself but then this gorgeous line comes along“I’m not dancing to dance with …you!” Amen!! She is there to have a good time and is not there for anyone’s entertainment. So it carries on describing this ‘you’ person. You start feeling slightly harassed on the singer’s behalf, but she sounds like she’s got it. At the crescendo the sleazy antagonist has clearly made unwanted physical advances on our glorious heroine! Our protagonist handles it well, and tells the person to stuff it! That she doesn’t need them. She doesn’t WANT them to touch her, and they would DO WELL TO RESPECT THAT! So many people need to hear this message on repeat, whether you are like me and have had to endure this far too often or whether you know a someone who thinks it’s ok to get a bit gropey on the dance floor …JUST NO!
That was just a small example, but the whole of Post Modern Siren has wall to wall important messages, delicious rich distorted tones, punchy beats, the occasional flirting with time change and beautiful whaling, gritty vocals.
I have had the privilege of playing alongside these glorious folks and I am so proud to see all that they have achieved. This EP is currently my favourite thing they have released and I cannot wait to hear more. If they are playing anywhere near you, GO AND SEE THEM!
Listening Recommendations: when you need to remember all the fight you have left in you, put this EP on and march on into the rest of your life!
Peach Club are the bright young future of punk – and they’re coming to play LOUD WOMEN Fest this weekend! Couldn’t be more excited to host these Norwich modern riot grrrls. Here’s their 5 question interview …
1. For people who’ve not seen you play live before, what can we expect from you at LOUD WOMEN Fest?
Expect a lot of dancing, some cowbell action and lots of giggling. We love to enjoy ourselves on stage, we love seeing the audience vibe from our enthusiasm and giving them the confidence to dance along with us.
2. Fill in the blanks …
Our sound is like the lovechild of BikiniKill and DeapVally with a bit on the side from BowWowWow
3. Give us your band manifesto in no more than 20 words.
We are a feminist, riot grrrl band who believe in the liberation of everyone who’s not a cis white male!
4. Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?
Definitely Petrol Girls, we played with them recently and their performance made me cry. So much power behind their music and lyrics and they’re just lovely people, too. Also Lilith Ai because she played with us on a couple of our tour dates and she’s the best.
5. What made you want to play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?
We love what LOUD WOMEN do and what they stand for so we’ve always wanted to be a part of it. The lineups are always incredible, so it’s nice to be in the midst of other incredible bands.
Drumroll please as we can finally announce the full 22 track listing for the hotly-anticipated LOUD WOMEN Volume Two compilation album, which will be launched 14 September 2019 at LOUD WOMEN Fest 4!
The Lost One
The Girl From Clapham
The Menstrual Cramps
No Means No
Never Wanted This
My Body My Choice
The Baby Seals
It’s Not About the Money, Honey
Not Your Girl
Jemma Freeman & The Cosmic Something
Someone Else to Blame
Vaginas, What Else?
I Feel Lobe
Don’t Know Us
Let Loose Lucy
The CD is available to pre-order now for just £5 from our Bandcamp page – and as a thank you for pre-ordering, when the CD releases after 14 Sept we’ll also send you a copy of Volume One! So that’s 42 of the loudest of loud women, all for a cheeky fiver.
14 Sept 2019 at London’s Dome and Boston Music Room looks set to see the biggest (and best?) LOUD WOMEN Fest yet! Here’s the news we’ve been dying to tell you for months … our final* lineup, in no particular order …
*I mean, as final as anything is that could possibly have slight changes here and there in cases of sickness, injury, best friends throwing last-minute weddings, that sort of thing. But pretty damn final I’d say!
Effy Mitchell has just launched ‘Double Dare Ya’ on the world – the results of a documentary project interviewing bands and organisations that make up the UK’s current feminist punk/riot grrrl scene in 2019. It’s a brilliant piece of herstory capturing our scene right now.
LOUD WOMEN’s Cassie Fox was included (with a very sore throat at the time so she’s by far the most quiet woman in this!)
Interviewed bands / organisations : Peach Club Cheerbleederz Fresh Punks Dream Nails Penance stare Witching waves Cult Dreams Lunar Sounds Fig by four ZALU Babe Punch Farting suffragettes Suffrajitsu Noise and the naive Loud Women (Cassie Fox) Sounds for the cause ( Rynn ) Bomb the twist records ( Sarah ) Girls rock Edinburgh ( Caro and Fiona )
Featured bands + organisations + other contributors: Maid of ace Against me! Pussy liquor GLOSS FISTY MUFFS I, Doris Guttfull Petrol Girls Wet Brain Hooligans
Girl gang Leeds
Women in music Nottingham
Cramond island of punk
Peach Club are a 4 piece riot grrl/punk/garage rock band hailing from Norwich. They release into the world a raw, brash and uncomprimising sound, one to make you sit up and take notice. Their twitter is where I first sat up and took notice myself, this time of passionate words written with an unwaivering authenticity.
‘Cherry Baby’ is Peach Club’s second EP release, swaggering in with first track ‘Venus’. A meancing and stripped back start led by Katie Revell’s confident drawling vocals and the strutting riff of Charlie Hart, giving way to the release of a driving cresendo of cymbals and defiant shouts.
Title track ‘Cherry Baby’ is visceral and driving, twisting and turning throughout to follow the story of runaway by the name of Cherry. Amanda MacKinnon‘s bass bubbles and lurks in the verses, a steady presence to push the song forward. It’s hard not to conjure up thoughts of Cherie Currie from The Runaways when listening to this, which hopefully isn’t too far off the mark of what was intended by Peach Club. In any case, comparisons to The Runaways are more than fair when it comes to this track in particular. There’s that same energy, the same belief in the delivery of the songs.
‘Oh My God’ explodes into life, grabbing you and not letting you get away. Just when you think it will relent and give you breathing space, it crashes back in with Rebecca Wren thrashing away at the drums, filling every space she can with glorious noise and then a throwdown of gang vocals building up to a fierce ending.
Any band that can work in a breakdown of a reworked ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ to a song called ‘Bad Bitch’ should be afforded some sort of special accolade, I’m convinced of it. How much more encouragement do you need to listen to this? ‘Bad Bitch’ is a rare crossbreed of Petrol Girls, Modrocket and Dream Wife.
Final track ‘Death Becomes Her’ kicks in with a dizzying, scuzzy guitar riff that flows through the song. ‘He said he’d rather die than see her with another guy’ is snarled out at us, a warning punctuated by instrumental stabs. The ending is a raw and freefalling conclusion to this EP, wrapping it up perfectly. When you want more, and you shall, Peach Club have also just released a new single entitled ‘Boy In A Band’, which is thoroughly satisfying.