Peachcake

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Peachcake
Slottsfjell 2012 - Peachcake.jpg
Peachcake at Slottsfjell 2012
Background information
Origin Phoenix, Arizona
Genres Electronic
Indie
Powerpop
Visual
Years active 2003–2013
Labels Unsigned
Website peachcake.net
Members Stefan Pruett
Mike McHale
Henri Benard
David Jackman

Peachcake was an American electronic group from Phoenix, Arizona.

History[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Originally conceived by Stefan Pruett and John O'Keefe as an informal project with the aim of experimenting with electronic music, Peachcake developed into a national touring band. They originally did not plan to last longer than three shows, including a dismal first show at a small night club where the band was gated off from the audience.

Peachcake released their first EP, titled Chain Letter EP, in 2004 and garnered lots of success locally in Arizona, including the cover feature of the Phoenix New Times[1] and playing with several large national acts including Explosions in the Sky, Of Montreal, and The Go! Team. The band started touring in mid-2005 all throughout the West Coast, the South and the Mid-west. Some on their own and some with other indie bands and friends Femme Fatality, Less Pain Forever, and Adam Panic.

In the latter part of the 2006, Peachcake joined forces with Jim Adkins' label, Western Tread Recordings, to release a split EP along with local Arizona band Less Pain Forever. In October, the band landed an opening slot on Hellogoodbye's national headlining tour. During the tour, the band signed to indie record label, Sidecho Records, to release their debut full length, What Year Will You Have The World?..

Though the band was scheduled to release their full length in the mid-2007, the release date was pushed back several times throughout the year due to several extensions to finish the album and their continuous touring schedule. Upon completion of What Year Will You Have The World?.. in early 2008, the band parted ways with Sidecho Records and later released the album with the help of Warner Music Group/ADA and Los Angeles based production company, Subtractive, through their own imprint label called The Planet Awesome! on November 18, 2008. The group toured in the beginning of 2009 to support the album playing shows with MC Lars, Danger Radio, The Scene Aesthetic, Young The Giant, Get Back Loretta and Dear and the Headlights, as well as appearances at Daytrotter, Canadian Music Week and Bamboozle Left.

On March 20, 2009, Peachcake were made honorary members of the International Peace Bureau for their efforts to promote tolerance, peace and love through music and live performance.[2]

2009-2013: This Wasn't Our Plan & Unbelievable Souls[edit]

In April 2009, longtime member John O'Keefe left the group to pursue other endeavors. Shortly after his leaving, Pruett along with guitarist Mike McHale started writing new material with Phoenix-based songwriter and beat producer, David Jackman. The three continued writing songs throughout the rest of 2009 and the first half of 2010. During that time, Peachcake expanded the live band with various live players to experiment with their live show including performances at Vans Warped Tour, Cleveland's Ingenuity Fest, Norway's Slottsfjell Festival, Arizona's Fall Frenzy and Phoenix Comicon.

In May 2010, Peachcake contributed a new song called "The Soundtrack Of A Revolution!" to the Phoenix New Times compilation, A Line In The Sand: A Compilation Of SB 1070 Protest Songs, which featured local Arizona artists that opposed the Arizona SB 1070 immigration bill.[3]

After a year of writing new songs, the band entered the studio with producer/engineer Jalipaz at Audioconfusion in Mesa, AZ in June 2010 to record a new album, which would later be titled Unbelievable Souls. After finishing recording in July 2010, the album was sent off to New York City to be mixed by mixing engineer Alex Aldi[4] and mastered by Greg Calbi, senior mastering engineer at Sterling Sound.

On April 12, 2011, "Were We Ever Really Right?", a new song to be featured on Unbelievable Souls, was selected by the International Peace Bureau and Demilitarize.org as the official song for the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, a worldwide event to support demilitarization across the globe.

On May 3, 2011, Peachcake released a 5 song EP titled This Wasn't Our Plan that included 3 songs from Unbelievable Souls, a demo of a new song and a remix done by DJ Semuta. The single "You Matter" was released a week prior on their website.

"You Matter" was featured during the TNT television show, HawthoRNe, during the episode, "A Fair To Remember". The episode aired on July 5th, 2011.[5]

Since the release of This Wasn't Our Plan, Peachcake has performed with and supported many national acts both locally in Arizona and on tour in the past few months, including shows with Cage The Elephant, Peter Murphy, She Wants Revenge, Washed Out, Neon Trees, Meat Puppets, Future Islands, T. Mills, Japanther, and Electric Guest.

Peachcake's single "You Matter" was featured on Paul Frank's Academy Of Awesome compilation showcasing bands that had performed during Paul Frank's Academy Of Awesome Summer Tour. The album was released on November 22nd, 2011 on Paul Frank Records through iTunes and Amazon.[6]

In July 2012, Peachcake performed at the 10 year anniversary of Slottsfjell in Tønsberg, Norway, featuring New Order, Janelle Monáe, Friendly Fires, Wolfmother, Chase & Status, Noah & The Whale & more.

On July 31st, Peachcake announced that their new album, Unbelievable Souls, would be released on September 25th and unveiled the first single, "The World Is Our Platform To Mean Something", on their website. [7]

On September 25th, 2012, Peachcake digitally released their album, Unbelievable Souls, along with the music video for "The World Is Our Platform To Mean Something". [8]

Their last show was April 13th, 2013 at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ. The band has been inactive since then.

Members[edit]

  • Stefan Pruett - lead vocals, percussion, drums
  • Mike McHale - guitar, synthesizers, percussion, backing vocals
  • Henri Benard - drums, percussion
  • David Jackman - programming, beats, production, soft synths, vocals

Past members[edit]

  • John O’Keefe - vocals, beats, programming, guitar, bass, synthesizers, melodica, piano, keytar

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Splits[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2004-10-21/music/tastes-like-teen-spirit/
  2. ^ http://www.ipb.org/i/pdf-files/2009.03.20_News.pdf
  3. ^ http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/uponsun/2010/05/buy_a_line_in_the_sand_a_compi.php
  4. ^ http://absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=1800952
  5. ^ http://heardontv.com/tvshow/HawthoRNe/Season+3/A+Fair+to+Remember
  6. ^ http://www.paulfrankmusic.com
  7. ^ http://peachcake.net/site/2012/07/31/unbelievable-souls-coming-925-hear-the-new-single-now/
  8. ^ http://peachcake.net/site/2012/09/25/unbelievable-souls-out-now-watch-the-world-is-our-platform-to-mean-something-music-video/