Album review: Peach Fur | Doreen Drive

Gold Coast four piece Peach Fur have seen their musical stars rapidly align over the course of 2018, with the lads regularly wowing audiences in the live realm (which also included a prime slot at this year’s Gold Coast Music Awards after party), in support of their newest EP, ‘Doreen Drive’

Across its seven track, 34 minute duration, ‘Doreen Drive’ ably demonstrates Peach Fur’s manifesto of blending a pleasing array of modern rock influences, characterised by a driving and ever evolving psych rock sound that’s tastefully embellished with alternative rock, indie pop, funk and surf rock flourishes.

These eclectic aural dreamers have set their sights high in delivering a widescreen listening experience, something that is immediately evident on the opening few numbers of ‘Doreen Drive’.

‘War Dogs & Filthy Pigs’ gets things off to an evocative start, a gradually unwinding psych-pop/rock nugget which takes listeners on a kaleidoscopic musical journey across its 5+ minute journey.

‘Foreign Fruits’ is an urgently memorable, psych inflected number, while ‘Mumma G’ displays the band’s pop smarts, memorably insistent, head noddingly catchy and with a fabulous, classic rock channeling,  guitar led rave-up driving the track into the hearts of listeners.

Elsewhere, ‘All In Good Thyme’ slows down the pace and ramps up the sweet pop quotient, with an unwinding, psych-tinged flourish adding an eclectic twist to the tracks tail end. While ‘Freeballin’ (as its name suggests!) is a bright and breezy ditty, augmented with an urgent mid song tempo change, further driving home the band’s musical chops and playful penchant for surprising and delighting when you think you’ve got them pegged.

The EP concludes in emphatic fashion with the intriguingly named ‘Butter Don Won Tu’, an in-your-face rocker that builds to a frenetic crescendo throughout the track’s second half. A rousing finale..

In short, ‘Doreen Drive’ is ambitious, catchy and engaging, demanding repeat listens aplenty. And to help celebrate the EP’s launch, the Peach Fur lads will be playing an underage friendly show here on the Gold Coast, at Snooker World, Mermaid Beach, on 11 August.

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