By Frisco Rosso
Although the mere thought of contemporary renditions of 12-bar blues sinks many people to their knees to pray for an early apocalypse, here’s some good-time fun that will make them think twice.
Cape Town-based Peachy Keen is one of several bands at the heart of the city’s apparent rockabilly revival. Talking the talk and walking the walk Peachy Keen have enough blues, rock n’ roll, rockabilly authenticity seeping from their respective pores and instruments to have even the most rigid greasers clicking their fingers.
Their first EP Backseat Bingo pulls on heartstrings and 50s attire in equal measure and gives listeners a healthy dose of what the band does best.
Leading ladies Dominique Otto and Alex Muller pump out sassy, articulate vocal melody and harmonies aplenty while Greg Abrahams on lead guitar, Ryan McArthur on the upright bass and Brandon ‘Slim Anus’ Shore on the drums complete the ensemble with some slick and at times jazzy pop-punk accompaniment.
Although these guys aren’t reinventing the wheel here there’s nothing contrived or insincere about the musical image they seemingly live by. Like most bands from the rockabilly/ rock n’ roll stable Peachy Kean are likely to be a far more intense proposition seen live than heard through the stereo speakers at home, but Backseat Bingo provides enough jive-feisty attitude to whet your appetite.
Thanks to their undeniable kinship with the musical genre the Peachy Keen crew are sure to find themselves on the up and up for the foreseeable future, having already splashed themselves liberally around South Africa’s clubs and festivals. It will be interesting to see if a full-blown album pops up in the near future to help catapult the group beyond South African shores. Watch this space.
1. Do I have to Explain –
2. Shot a Man Down
3. Don’t Call Me Baby
4. Baby Girl You’re Gonna Burn
5. Oh Darling
With more tension than your mother’s suspension, I am Frisco Rosso. I’m likely to deliver a few lines worth at any given moment regarding film, music, sport, books and anything morally unsound that strikes a blow between the eyes in the name of entertainment.