What's your favorite memory of Halloween

Sadboy guitar bangers with too many solos

Vancouver-based indie band Peach Pit - a must-have on every playlist

 

How did this band start?

Well, Chris, our guitarist, and I met in high school, but he and our bassist Peter actually go all the way back to kindergarten. However, the four of us didn't really become friends until our early twenties.

Did you think then that you would end up where you are now?

We were always hopeful, that's how you have to be when you start making music. But no, it's hard to believe how far we've come since we played in Chris ‘father's basement 5 years ago.

What do you like most about being in a band? And what do you like the least?

It's very surreal to tour all over the world and have fans in every city that want to see you play. This is probably my favorite. And least of all I like sitting in the van with Mikey when he feels cooped up. He goes crazy sometimes and just starts playing super loud on his drum machine to annoy us. It sucks!

A quick look back at your previous career - what is your favorite memory?

Probably our last big hometown show in Vancouver. It was Halloween and a big theater that had always been on our bucket list. All of our families and friends were there and we put on KISS costumes. It was fun posing as Gene Simmons for one night.

How would you describe your band to someone who doesn't know you?

Sadboy guitar bangers with too many solos!

How was the process of producing your new album?

Writing was pretty challenging, we all spent a lot of time in our rehearsal room, and I spent a lot of time alone at home writing songs last year. The recording of the record was the best, however. We worked with John Congelton and got on with him straight away. He's one of the funniest and coolest guys I've ever had the chance to hang out with for weeks. I hope we can do another album with him in the future.

Do you follow a certain formula when writing your songs or is the process different every time?

I usually come up with either the song title or the first line of the song and write it down in my notebook. Then I try to find a chord progression that I like and add a melody and lyrics. Once the song is finished I take it to the band to practice and the guys and I play around with it until we're happy with all of the parts and the arrangement. The song generally changes a lot from the time I'm home to the final result when the entire band plays it.

Why are teeth so central in the new album?

Because they are greatly underestimated, how hard it would be to eat without them!

What is your favorite track on the album and why?

My favorite has changed a lot since we recorded the album. But right now it's probably a two-way link between Brian‘s Movie and Your Teeth. With Brian’s Movie I really like that Chris plays a 12-string guitar with a slide (he's never done that before) and with Your Teeth I just love the melody, it's kind of creepy, but also sad and pretty.

How do you try to stand out from the crowd?

We're just trying to be ourselves as much as possible. I think people can feel when someone is fake, so there is no point in wanting to be someone else. That would also be my main piece of advice for all young bands that are just starting out.

What are your plans for the future after all this chaos is finally over?

Well, when all of this shit wears off, we can get our tour schedule back on track. We were so excited for this spring, but unfortunately the most important thing right now is to stay home. In the meantime, we'll be live on Instagram as much as possible. Please turn everyone on.

What does music mean to you?

She means everything to me. Next to my family and friends, she is the most important thing of all. It's not just our livelihood, it's our preferred way of spending our time. It is a great blessing to be able to pick up a guitar now and entertain myself while we are all in our homes.

Peach Pit’s latest album "You and Your Friends" is now available in stores and on all download and streaming platforms.