By Hailey Nuthals, Arts Editor
If you’ve ever thought The Black Keys would be perfect if only they were fronted by a woman and made just a hint more psychedelic, we’ve got a band you need to listen to. The Peach Kings, an LA-based couple that makes what they say is a fusion of “swamp rock,” hip-hop, and riff-driven guitar rock. The Peach Kings are Paige Wood and Stephen Dies, with Wood on vocals and the pair splitting guitar duty. They’re Drew Barrymore’s new favorite pet band – in an endorsement she recently gave when she selected the duo as her choice for V Magazine’s playlist in 2012 she called them her “little love couple,” and since then, have had their songs used in several movies and TV shows including HBO’s “Shameless” and “Boardwalk Empire.”
The band’s interviews all show a consistent use of the title “swamp rock” for their delta blues influences (which is a little like calling cubism “harsh portraiture” in that it takes something with a name and gives it a new, less considerate one). Regardless, the classic blues flavorings shine through in a way that does give off the impression of film noir and Quentin Tarantino that the band also claims as models for their sound. Clearly, it’s caught the eye of more than just Barrymore – the band has had the chance to open for The Heavy and Cyndi Lauper, and are currently headlining their own tour right now.
The Peach Kings have released one full-length album and several EP’s, which can be found through clicking around on their SoundCloud, BandCamp, Facebook, Twitter, and website. Give them a listen if you haven’t already – you’re sure to hear them in your playlists and TV shows soon enough!