HOT SCRITTI PEACHES
Hot Chip, Scritti Politti and Black Peaches Rob Smoughton joins Blues Festival Bill.
Rob Smoughton started his mixed music career, famously with the British new wave stalwarts Scritti Politti, which formed in 1977 in Leeds. The band began as a punk inspired collective of art students and squatters in the early post- punk scene and they enjoyed great success in the record charts throughout the UK and US, with hits such as ‘Cupid & Psyche 85’- this is what gained the band the most success and was a top 5 hit in the UK charts. The band would also release ‘Wood Beez’, ‘The World Girl’ and the top 20 hits in the US with Perfect Way, which was released through Rough Trade Records before taking a mainstream pop approach.
Rob did not stope there! He went on to find more success and went onto perform in Hot Chip (first formed as a duo – which consisted of Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard, before Rob joined) Having a fond interest in R&B and house music, they collaborated-together until the fully-fledged English indie electronic band based in London, who formed in 2000. The band released six critically acclaimed studio albums: ‘Coming on Strong’, ‘The Warning’, ‘Made in the Dark’ and ‘One Life Stand’. The band were nominated for both A Grammy Award and Mercury Prize. During live performances Hot Chip were described by Glide magazine as “heavy- beat driven improvisation” that created “an atmosphere of excitement, energy and the unexpected.” Rob and the band toured numerous festivals such as V Festival, Dour Festival, Glastonbury, Coachella, T in the Park, Ultra Music Festival and many, many others. The group were also famously known for their DJ talent and have released several mix CD’s for national and international radio stations and the band all DJ regularly around the world.
After claiming international success with Hot Chip, Rob yet again couldn’t stay still, or again stick to the same music genre and went on to form Black Peaches, which he fronts.
Believe it or not, he once performed the old, original Purple Turtle in Reading for the first time at the youthful age of 15 (don’t tell Danny+Greg!) Rob will bring Black Peaches back to the town to perform at the present day Purple Turtle for the renowned Blues Festival. The very talented Black Peaches will perform on the Sunday 26th May.
The band conduct a confidence which is reinforced in their stage presence- this is not a surprise with a frontman that has been there and done everything, across a plethora of music genres and tastes.
“We are really excited to come to Reading for the Blues Festival, it’s our first time in town (as Black Peaches) Personally, it means a lot to me to play at the Purple Turtle as one of my first ever gigs at the ripe old age of 15 was in the old venue in a pre-Oracle Reading. There’s a lot of good bands on the bill this year so we’ll be bringing our A-Game and I’m sure we’ll get the place rocking.” Rob told Gun St News.
“Black Peaches existed inside me before I was aware of it,” added Rob “It’s the culmination and continuation of the music I love. I started to notice how Brazilian rhythm, funk, soul, classic country and pop were all combining in the music I was writing, and I looked for other band members to join me to bring it alive.”
Drawn from the swamp and the delta, the Peaches’ music is gloriously looselimbed and strung-out, a psychotropic stew of country boogie, spiritual Jazz and Funk. Frontman Rob Smoughton is a multiinstrumentalist and the six-piece draw from Rob’s love for country, soul and funk.
Sliding guitars, Latin percussion and shimmering keyboards is what can be heard from the Black Peaches- that result in a sound that resonates in a heavenly brew of equal melody parts and a groove of grit and bliss. Black Peaches do not play by the norm- where genres collide and musical eras meld.
With the release of their new project on the 24th May – an album filled with eclectic styles rooted and has developed into something new and refined glistening with melodies and funk, ridden grooves.“I wanted the combination and layering of our influences to be organic, to create Black Peaches music. To take the ideas from the first record further into our own place.” says Smoughton. He found other members to bring that combination alive in in Susumu Mukai, Charlie Michael, Nick Roberts and Thomas Greene.
Catch them topping the bill on the 26th May, at the Purple Turtle 21st Cent Festival of The Blues