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Introducing Peers

Maria Turauskis


Peers are an irritatingly young and successful group of four teenagers from Reading, UK. They only formed back in January 2010, and in the past year they have had a huge amount of success. The group have played numerous gigs in Reading and the south east, as well as managing to gain a prestigious slot on the BBC Introducing stage at the Reading Festival in 2010. They have also had their music played on NME Radio and BBC 6 Music. For all their youth though, the band appear older than their years and have a subtle, considered aspect to their highly appealing style of alternative indie.

Peers produce a very cool, very hip style of grungy noise-pop, full of composed exuberance. They draw on Arcade Fire and Wild Nothing for musical inspiration, creating a contemplative, sombre sound with hints of positivity and exuberance. They are very talented in a live setting, with tight, honed performances – which is especially impressive considering they have only been playing together as a solid unit for a year.

This band for me is definitely a significant up-and-coming talent in the world of indie music. They have all the necessary indie credentials in that they are arty and reflective, with a kind of tortured optimism that very much encapsulates the attitude of many young people today. All this hipness is backed up however with interesting music and good musicianship, and that is ultimate why their success will continue.