Great Tunes, Awful Pizza
Scottish band Peal may only have formed towards the end of 2019 in Dundee but their psychedelic indie-rock has already gained them a strong following. This week they follow up recent releases “Fever” and “Flowers” with a new single called “Like A Dream”. Another catchy tune which will have you nodding along and tapping your feet to the verse before the chorus kicks in for a dance around the house. Check it out here:
We caught up with vocalist Dan to find out more about the band and see how they are coping with not being able to get out and play live.
How are you all holding up with the current self-isolation situation? Is it helping or stifling the creative process?
“We feel that although the impact of this lockdown/isolation is hugely negative on a grand scale, it is also an opportunity for productivity, learning as well as mindfulness. We also as a society need to ensure that governing bodies are held accountable for their part that they have played in allowing this epidemic to reach this point. In terms of our own creativity during isolation, because we have multiple songwriters working together; it inspires you as an artist to write various ideas and sounds. When another individual is productive it rubs off on the rest of the group. It’s easy enough nowadays to shoot ideas back and forth via videos etc if you don’t have the resources to record demos yourself.”
How did you all meet and decide to become a band?
“Long story short in 2018 I recorded our debut single Fever with Liam James (Ansata/Milhouse Collective) so he could have a reference point for anyone who would potentially join the project. 2019 was the year Peal finally started coming together after a getting together at a few parties and such.”
If you could only listen to one record, what would it be?
“Us3 – Hand on the torch. A funky masterclass.”
What was the inspiration for “Like A Dream”?
“There’s a band called Khruangbin that everybody should check out that were a big inspiration in writing Like a Dream. I think we also aspired to create a proper bop that folk can have a wee jive to, whether it’s at our shows or in their house. It’s the best feeling when people can connect with your music on an emotional level as you can then share this experience of enjoyment.”
What would go on your signature pizza and what would it be called?
“Super beef blaster supreme – beef, bass, beef, gravy and more bass. Caution: Not for the faint-hearted”
What classic album cover is your current mood?
“Probably Magical Mystery Tour or something of the sort”
What does the rest of 2020 hold for the band (assuming we can get back to some kind of normality)?
“More releases, more content and more gigs. Anyone who has enjoyed following us so far is in for a real treat, as things are only on the incline for the band. We do urge everyone to donate to venues that are having to create crowd funders to keep themselves in business. As without local venues, opportunities in grassroots music at a local level will begin to diminish. If we all play our part and follow the guidelines set then things should return to normality sooner rather than later.”
If you like the new single, check out Peal’s other work on Spotify or Soundcloud and make sure to catch them at a gig once we get back to normal.