PEACH PIT: BEING SO NORMAL
A follow up to their first EP, 2016’s Sweet FA, Peach Pit’s recent full-length is a refreshing collection of both groovy, upbeat tunes and more mellow numbers. The Vancouver natives released Being So Normal in September 2017, and have since scheduled tours spanning Canada, Europe, and the northern US.
The nine-song album begins with the intense, high-energy rework of Sweet FA’s former slow jam, “Drop the Guillotine”. “Back in high school my much better looking best friend was really good at swooping in and stealing away any new crush I had. I wrote this angsty song about him slitting my throat with a guillotine to make me feel better” writes frontman Neil Smith. Following this is the album’s namesake track, “Being so Normal” - a fuzzy, low-key tune that features a perfectly intense guitar solo that offsets the almost apathy of Smith’s rich vocals and lyrics.
The sunshine-y track, “Techno Show,” is undeniably groovy while “Alrighty Aphrodite” and “Not Me” both give off more of a rock vibe. “Chagu’s Sideturn” offers catchy lyrics and an addictive, sugar-coated intro riff perfect for dancing.
Towards the end of the album, the band shows a darker, more mellow side with the slowed down tunes “Hot Knifer” and “Private Presley” both of which feature a killer outro. “Hot Knifer” is a reminiscent, late-night kind of song, while “Private Presley” has both lyrical and instrumental mysteries that show off the band’s immense talent in a way that the preceding tracks don’t. “Seemed like loneliness was all we'd ever do, but now she's knowing you, just like I used to,” sings Smith in the closing tune, “Tommy’s Party,” a stand-out six-minute track that strays somewhat from the cohesion of the rest of the album. “Tommy’s Party” evokes a lonely, post-party sense of nostalgia, a perfect close to the album.
In a more developed and refined way, Peach Pit carries over their signature nostalgic groove from their first release to Being So Normal. Embodying all kinds of emotion in a short and sweet collection of nine tracks, Being So Normal is a golden-hour of an album that is, of course, worth a listen.