It feels like there’s been a renaissance for the twangy, blues driven guitar music of the ’60s and ’70s, and the strong personas that helm these projects, most recently with the steady rise of Oakland’s Dick Stusso. Joining the fray of impassioned raconteurs are The Peels, a five-piece from the East Bay who employ haphazard percussion and soulful, dueling male and female vocals. Members also participate in the Grassy Null recording studio and art collective, employing the group’s trademark collage and scribbled notes style visuals.
The quintet is premiering “(That Spells) Trouble With a Capitol Hill” in anticipation of their self-titled debut. It’s a plodding song, imbued with a lot of personality courtesy of the snarling male vocals that build in intensity over the course of the track and the female counterpart that joins it for four choruses. The political lyricism isn’t overbearing, thanks to the tongue-in-cheek delivery and histrionic performances.
The Peels will be celebrating their release with the aforementioned Stusso and likeminded, garage-inflected rock groups The Blues and Meat Market at Oakland Secret this week.
Dick Stusso, The Blues, The Peels, Meat Market
November 3rd, 2016
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