Peaness were formed in 2014 and it’s hard to believe that it’s taken until now for their first album World Full Of Worry to come out, but it was totally worth the wait. This is an effervescent slice of perfectly crafted pop. I saw Peaness supporting The Beths along with Fresh back in 2019, and you could not imagine a more perfect gig line up if you like jumping up and down and smiling for two hours.
The gentle acoustic country of opening track ‘Take A Trip’ had me thinking that maybe the band had switched genres but then pop fireworks explode as ‘Kaizen’ kicks in and we’re off on a shiny pop rocket ride and it’s the exemplar of what Peaness do so well: meld guitar, bass, drums, and vocals into a flawless whole. They can stop, start, turn the mood of a track on a penny, speed up, slow down and demonstrate a glorious band-ESP that few acts can achieve.
Every song is a magnificent example of what pop should be. Like having afternoon tea at a high-end hotel with tiny sandwiches, petit four, little cakes and champagne, everything is not just delicious but perfectly formed and ‘just-so’. Also, on top of the fact that they transmute guitar, bass and drums into precious metal their harmonies are breath-taking. Whether it’s two-part that sounds like one voice or the widescreen joy of three-parts, this is a band that can harmony the heck out of you. Their harmonies are so lush it’s like being in the Lush factory and having the sprinklers go off.
Peaness are the kind of band that The Marine Girls (Tracey Thorn’s first band), could have morphed into had they not split up, but they are also a Housemartins for this generation. They are most definitely not splashing around in the shallow end of pop, this is vibrant, complex and entertaining with lyrical depth so, if you’re looking for that album that could be the backdrop to your summer, then try Peaness for all your beach, road trip and house party needs.
PEANESS 2022 Live Dates:
21/04/22 – Cambridge – Sound and Vision Fest
30/04/22 – Leeds – Gold Sounds Fest
01/05/22 – Sheffield – Get Together Fest (Sheffield Uni SU)
11/05/22 – Liverpool – Jimmy’s
17/05/22 – London – Rough Trade East
18/05/22 – Bristol – Rough Trade Bristol
20/05/22 – Glasgow – Glad Cafe
21/05/22 – Edinburgh – The Great Eastern Fest
24/05/22 – Birmingham – The Hare and Hounds
25/05/22 – Norwich – Voodoo Daddy’s
26/05/22 – Oxford – Bullingdon
27/05/22 – Southampton – Heartbreakers
03/06/22 – Hay-On-Wye – How The Light Gets In Fest
04/06/22 – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
27/10/22 – London – The Dome
28/10/22 – Manchester – Gorilla
Review by Paul F Cook