Thursday, June 27, 2024

Peel Dream Magazine - "Live In the Gutter"

Photo by Vice Cooler

The first thing you'll notice with the new single from Peel Dream Magazine is that it sounds a lot like Stereolab. That's not meant as a bad thing, we could all use some more music that reminds us of Stereolab in our lives. But "Live In the Gutter" also swerves off in some other sonic directions. Peel Dream Magazine is much more rock based. It does have a light and airy feel to the song, but the New York band does add a little more edge to their sound. Plus, the beat adds a layer of funk over the whole thing. While the Stereolab influence is apparent, it's always good to see a band pay homage to their influences into their own sound.

Joe Stevens says of his band's new single and video:

"This video is cut from footage we filmed on a few different tours between the fall of 2023 and Spring of 2024, and I love it because it captures the amazing feeling and energy that those trips had. There's cameos from bands we were touring with like Chastity Belt and Gift, and friends like Simi Sohota from Healing Potpourri. A lot of it was shot in the Pacific Northwest and features some hikes we got to take among the dense green forests up there. I wanted to capture that stuff because this theme of "the natural world" has been jostling around my my brain for awhile and is a big part of the album. The song is meant to be a very simple statement about finding joy and wonder in life despite whatever may be on your mind. The phrase it's taken from is the trite but sweet Oscar Wilde quote 'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars'."

You can watch the video for "Live In the Gutter" below. Rose Main Reading Room is due out September 4 on Topshelf Records and is available for pre-order here. For more on Peel Dream Magazine, check out the band on Instagram and Twitter

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