SOUTHAMPTON’S roaring guitar power trio Mystic Peach release their debut EP, the evocation of the dark side of the heart in loud, loud guitars that is M?, out today; and what’s more, they’re hitting the road, too, so you’ll be able bury your head in the bass bins to your heart’s delight.
That EP is out courtesy South Coast promoters and all round creative hub Honeymooner, and if the most recent single, “It’s Not Their Future” (which we crowdsurfed on here) is any indication – and we reckon it absolutely is – it’s gonna be a cracker.
We said of that single that it fashioned together “… strands of Britpop, fraggle, and skatepunk in a heady brew, properly surging on from their quieter, earlier dreampop phase” – and it a complete surge forward into power and potency from a sleepier sounding Mystic Peach v1.0.
Frontman Curtis Gale says: “M? is a journey of how quickly someone’s mental health can deteriorate; going from angry and questioning society to feeling calm and alienated.
“Everyone encourages you to be different until it doesn’t meet their narrative. It’s like being a bird on farmers’ land. These days are tricky and unpredictable. Uncertain even. It was important to us to represent feeling of ourselves individually and of so many out there.”
The EP presents as a quartet progressing through some of the darker emotions we all experience: previous single “She So Neat” is a tale of obsession; “Demon Sway” marries with delusion; the newbie, “It’s Not Their Future” stands for denial and “Float”, suicidal tendencies. A cathartic six-string trip round the dark side of the head.
After previously supporting The Black Lips, Temples and Crows, Mystic Peach are on the road bigtime come the new year, with a Christmas hometown show to boot. Those dates are as follows:
Friday, December 17th, Southampton, Heartbreakers;
Friday, February 25th, Glasgow, The Garage, Attic Bar;
Saturday, February 26th, Manchester, Yes! Basement;
Sunday, February 27th, Birmingham, The Dark Horse;
Wednesday, March 2nd, Bristol, The Exchange;
Thursday, March 3rd, Portsmouth, The Loft, and
Friday, March 4th, London, Shoreditch, The George Tavern.
Get your tickets here.
Mystic Peach’s M? is out now digitally from Honeymooner; get yours here.