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My best buddy Brad used the description “60’s punk” to describe an early White Fence concert and I’m repurposing it here to describe The Peacers. For the uninformed, as the Sic Alps quit booming Mike Donovan formed the band, a kind of rebirth but still within a shield pastiched from the fragmented eggshells of Mike Donovan’s psyche/song writing. Initially getting its sea legs with Fuckwolf’s Eric Park and Ty Segall’s Ty Segall it is now cemented with the ideal San Francisco gang of lifers: elemental drummer in the Thee Oh Sees rise to power Mike Shoun Fresh and Only’s bass wonder-mind Shayde Sartin and the George Harrison of the group, Bo Moore.
If you hate the Beatles eject your THC gummy and skip this part but I feel serious Abby Road parallels with Blexxed Rec: after exploring enough “psychedelia” the boys are here to work, be it with Devo-like ‘reductive synthesis’, stoic production, and pardon the phrase, ballsy panning. Oh, and they are here to SING. They are loose, practiced and charged. Mike D. may be in his “Blue Period” but he’s not sad, he’s thriving.
I asked Mike to highlight whatever he thought was interesting about each track on the new record:
"MS. ELA STANYON'S SCHOOL OF ACTING"
"GHOST OF A MOTHERFUCKER"
"DICKDOG IN PARIS"
"COLORS FOR YOU"
"THE THUNDER IS AN ELECTRICAL LOVE GOD"
"MAKE IT RIGHT"
TB: What inspired your move from San Francisco to Upstate NY?
TB: Can you talk about your experience as a cab driver and the rise of Uber/Lyft in SF?
TB: What are the pros and cons of home recording?
TB: Talk to me about working with Eric Bauer.
TB: Tell me about living in Germany.
TB: What’s your take on marijuana?
TB:What are you reading?
TB: Are you working now?
TB: What is your take on Spotify?
TB: Do you picture a post Covid-19 world?
You can get the album HERE along with some fantastic Mike Donovan solo LP’s….
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