The Peaches and Eagles of Death Metal show yesterday rocked!
The Eagles of Death Metal opened the show. I had no idea what to expect from EoDM, but they’re a great rock ’n’ roll band. They don’t play death metal. Straight ahead stuff like from the early 70’s (?) before metal morphed into the hairbands of the 80’s. The lead singer’s very charismatic. He had that whole Mick Jagger body language thing going: my gaydar was going off, but he was super butch, and came on to all the women in the house. Musically, the band was tight, and it looked like they loved playing. Great stuff. And loud, too!
Now, Peaches… So, I was sort of surprised. I don’t think I would have recognized her if I had met her on the street. First thing I noticed is that she’s much more femmy and shorter than I expected. And super cute. The pictures of her on her CDs and her site gave me the impression that she was androgynous in looks, and tall. But she was about 5’4“ I’d say. And she had curves like an average woman. Seriously, I was so dumbstruck by this that I was alternately giggling and having my mouth agape the whole show.
OK, about her show proper. She puts on a great show. She started on the upper level at the back of the house. It took a few measures of music before people realized she was there: I thought we were listening to a recording, at first. While our attention was diverted her band came on stage, and were ready for her when she made her way down. Oh, the band is new. Her shows used to be solo: she would sing, accompanied by her Roland
MC-909 MC-505 and occasionally playing guitar. I never saw her perform before last night, and I wish I had seen one of her old solo shows.
She has tons of energy: she and her band, The
Germs Herms, kept the beat up the whole way through. She had several costume changes, mostly consisting of stripping off layers to expose the next costume. By the end, she was in just a black bra and knickers. (Plus boots and thigh-highs.) At one point, she rode a bicycle on stage. She walked on the crowd. (I was just a little too far to lend support.) She got EoDM to come down and play backup dancers. The crowd was going wild. There was no dead time, except for a short break of a few minutes. Even then, one of the roadies kept the crowd hyped. One tune would roll into another, and she changed costumes while singing.
It was a really young house (18+), but there were a few geezers like me. And I recognized a few faces from my JP neighborhood.
I don’t have her new CD, yet, but I need to get it. About half the songs they played were from the new disc, and they were good. They’re a little less minimal (electroclash) than her first two discs, but still maintained a spare atmosphere of vocals over beats. That’s one of the qualities that drew me to her music: it’s a bit like Prince in the early days, where he might have just guitar and drum machine under vocals, with lots of space. Oh, and not to mention the raunchy lyrics.
So, if you get a chance, go see her (and EoDM)!
Listening to Slippery Dick from the album ”Impeach My Bush“ by Peaches
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