I gave Peaer my quick questions:
What is the best gig you have had so far and why?
Tough question! “Best”? or “Favourite”? Is there a strict difference? I have two in mind, one for each of those categories. In the “Best” column, I’d probably say our show at Shea Stadium the other night (8/8) with Ovlov, Happy Diving and Patio. Really really fun show with great bands and a big crowd at a really awesome venue in Brooklyn.
As far as “favourite,” one that comes to mind is our show at the end of our May tour at Lyric Hall in New Haven, CT. Amazing bill (Queen Moo, Horse Jumper of Love, Glambat) at a really beautiful new-ish hall in New Haven. Really warm environment and wonderful performances all around. Sorry I couldn’t pick just one. Theres a lot more that I want to say, too.
Where is the furthest you have travelled from home to play?
Another double answer, sorry… The farthest that Peaer traveled on our most recent tour was Nashville, TN. While I was on tour playing bass with Bethlehem Steel in March I got to play a set in Austin, TX, so that might also count. Also… when I was traveling abroad a couple of years ago I played a solo set in Berlin, Germany, but that was just before the first Peaer album was recorded.
If you had to cover another album in entirety, what would it be and why?
Fun!! If my band could pull off a note-for-note recreation of Pedro the Lion’s “Its Hard to Find a Friend” it would be awesome, I think. That album has some of my favorite songs ever and its generally a big inspiration for me. Really subtle and interesting guitar writing.
Where would be the dream venue for you to headline?
Dream venue would be the concert hall where Zenon (Girl of the 21st Century) sees that song “Supernova Girl” mostly because its on a literal space station. So, a space station!! In space!!
If you had to pick, what would your favourite album be?
Very hard question…. a select few immediately came to mind and now I have to parse… But to me, in this moment, what with having to choose, I would go with “Summer in Abaddon” by Pinback. I’ve been listening to it for years and not a moment on it has grown old. Everything from the guitar tone and production style of the recording, to the subtly textured songwriting and arranging (they place a lot of importance on the drummer’s right hand, making a switch between hi-hat and ride cymbal seem like a large shift), to the feel and emotion of the record. It taught me that one can be successful in writing emotionally engaging music without a sense of melodrama. It is also one of those records that rewards those who spend time with it, the more you listen, the more you hear sorta thing.
Listen to Peaer’s track Pink Split below.