Illustration and words by Rrita Hashani.
Nashville band Peachy started with a bang in February of last year and they haven’t slowed down since. The trio released an EP soon after forming and now has two tours under their belt. With Rachel on guitar/vocals, Leah on bass/vocals and Benji on drums, Peachy provides powerful, raucous snare-tight punk with fun and sometimes serious lyrics.
The EP, “Squirt,” includes a track about jackin’ it, titled “DIY.”
“You left me hot and bothered / and now I’m all alone / It’s just another night / I guess I’ll do it on my own”
But in “Kitchner 2 (That Night)” the lyrics are ominous. The song illustrates a confrontation, presumably one sparked by harassment.
“Do you remember / What you did to me that night / I’m calling you out…
I could blame it on biology / cause you’re a primitive man / I could blame it on society / we’re all apart of your clan”
Peachy is professional - they’ve each been in separate bands for quite some time. You may remember Rachel and Benji from Roman Polanski’s Baby and Leah from Mom and Dad. But they don’t take themselves too seriously, either. I mean, Benji runs an Instagram page for his Jingle All the Way memorabilia.
He didn’t tell us why, but we did get some other A’s to some Q’s when they stopped by Knoxville to wrap up their “for fun” tour at the Pilot Light.
Grlsplain: How have things changed for you guys since you released “Squirt”?
Leah: I think we’re more confident in talking to each other about our songs. We recorded a new song and I feel like we were just a lot better at talking about what we wanted from it.
Rachel: We definitely have a better idea for what we want to sound like.
Leah: Squirt’s awesome in my opinion (laughs)… I feel really good about that so I don’t think we did anything wrong - I just feel like we’ve learned a lot.
Who are your biggest music inspirations?
Leah: I like Kleenex or LiLiPUT… David Bowie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, B-52’s…
Benji: I like the movie “Jingle All the Way.” It’s the Arnold Schwarzenegger Christmas movie.
Leah: He has that movie from, like, 10 different countries.
(We talked about this for a good minute, but Rachel brought us back)
Rachel: When we first started this band, I was listening to a lot of Athens bands, so I was listening to Pylon. We loove Pylon. Also, I think as a musician and a female that’s done really well for herself - I mean this is cliche - but Stevie Nicks honestly. She started her own publishing company and she owns all the rights to everything she’s ever written and she’s making mad money off of it!
Who are your biggest inspirations in general?
Leah: Any girl or non-binary person I see that is really doing well for themselves -- or at least they appear that way on the internet -- I’m like: I GOTTA BE THERE! That’s an inspiration to me, they’re beaming confidence, even if it is just on social media.
It at least helps you to raise the bar. Like I have to do more for this to be worth something. Even though [doing something you love] is always worth something, if those people weren’t there then no one would be doing anything different or special.
…That’s where inspiration lies -- with the people who are doing what I’m doing that are around me, rather than people that are sort of intangible to me.
What’s your favorite show that you’ve played so far from this tour?
Benji: Maybe Harrisonburg, we played with the Coathangers.
Leah: There was a lot of love there.
Rachel: It was an interesting show because everyone I talked to there traveled like 30 minutes to an hour and a half to come to the show. It just blew my mind. They were so hungry to see a good show and they were just so into it. Everyone was so attentive, they were like, “We came here to see music.”
(Benji told us after their show at the Pilot Light that that had been their best show. “By far. That’s on the record! Don’t forget!”)
Do you guys have any important things you want to focus on with your music? I would say this EP is pretty feminist --
Leah: I feel like that was kind of an accident!
Rachel: I have a friend that is pretty political and she says we have to do everything for a reason, but I never wanted to use music as a political platform. I just wanted to play my punk rock songs about my feelings and not talk about them. But as soon as we started playing and getting show offers -- we were offered to play a show with a different demographic than we’re used to but it was still totally relatable to them.... That struck a chord with me like shit- even though I don’t want to go on the mic and say “Keep abortion legal! Go out and vote! Choose your representatives! Blah blah blah...” it was like, we’re already doing that. People are gonna interpret it any way they want to and --
--- Your music can just speak for itself.
Rachel: Yeah! But also you need to drive it where it needs to go and I was like, I guess there’s really not a way out of it. Ultimately, I wrote these songs feeling a certain way and maybe I should talk about that.
Leah: It doesn’t have to be decisively feminist; it’s literally just us expressing our experiences. That alone -- our voice -- because we are women, it just naturally occurs. Because we’re literally writing songs about our experiences, thoughts and feelings, and we’re not holding back any details. I think that’s why it kind of comes across as “Oh! They have a lot to say!”