The Moldy Peaches
|The Moldy Peaches|
Adam Green and Kimya Dawson in 2001
|Origin||New York City, NY, United States|
|Genres||Anti-folk, lo-fi, garage rock, indie folk, comedy|
|Labels||Sanctuary, Rough Trade|
|Associated acts||Only Son, Wooden Ghost, Jacob Shaw, Stipplicon, Dufus, Wild Bee, Double Deuce, Berth Control|
|Past members||Kimya Dawson
The Moldy Peaches were an indie group founded by Adam Green and Kimya Dawson. Leading proponents of the anti-folk scene, the band has been on hiatus since 2004. The appearance of their song "Anyone Else but You" in the film Juno has significantly raised their profile; Dawson and Green made a handful of reunion appearances together in December 2007.
The band is known for their slow-paced songs, often discussing themes of childhood or young adulthood. Dawson's distinctive childlike voice contributes to their unique sound.
Adam Green and Kimya Dawson met at Exile on Main Street Records in Mount Kisco, New York and began working together. Adam put out a 7" Ep called "X-Ray Vision" under the name The Moldy Peaches, featuring recordings he made from 1994-96 with Kimya and various other friends, notably Jules Sheridan a songwriter based in Scotland UK. Adam and Kimya recorded a CDR album in 1998 under the name Moldy Peaches 2000 called FER THE KIDS before Kimya moved to Port Townsend, Washington. In early 1999 Adam joined her there, and more home and live recordings transpired. The band returned to NYC as a 4 piece later in the year (including Jest Commons, guitar, and Justin Campbell, drums). They became active on the NYC Anti-folk scene, playing at the SideWalk Cafe before the band broke up. Kimya and Adam both recorded solo albums. The band reformed in August 2000 with Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors on lead guitar, Brian Piltin on bass guitar, and Strictly Beats (Brent Cole) on drums. (The "2000" was dropped from their name around this time). A new 11 song album was recorded, which led to a deal with Rough Trade in the UK. They gained recognition after their initial 7" 'Who's Got the Crack" was named 'Single of the Week' in NME. Rough Trade released the album The Moldy Peaches in 2001. Released in the U.S. on September 11, 2001, it contained the song "NYC Is Like a Graveyard". The band expanded to a six-piece, with guitarists Jack Dishel and Aaron Wilkinson, bass player Steven Mertens, and drummer Strictly Beats, augmenting the original duo of Kimya and Adam. They toured internationally with The Strokes with whom they shared record label and management.
In 2003 a second album Moldy Peaches 2000 was released, a double-CD compilation of various scraps and live recordings.
After an extensive US headlining tour in the winter of 2003, the band went into hiatus in early 2004. However, the band reunited in late 2004 for a one-off show to benefit Accidental CDs, Records and Tapes, a hole-in-the-wall record store on Ave A in NYC. That store was an early supporter of the band and helped hook them up with the gig that ultimately got them their record deal. Both central members embarked on solo careers, and supposedly have an agreement in place not to play Moldy Peaches songs during solo performances, although Adam has been known to break this rule having performed "Who's Got the Crack" with Carl Barat and Pete Doherty of The Libertines.
On December 2, 2007, Dawson and Green played an impromptu set together at Los Angeles' The Smell to end a show where Dawson was headlining. They changed the lyrics of the song "Who's Got The Crack" to "Who's Got The Blues". On December 3, 2007 the Moldy Peaches played at the Juno film premiere.
The band was booked to appear on the Conan O'Brien television show on January 14, 2008, but they canceled because of the writer's strike. Kimya has said that she is not keen to reform the band at present. However, Dawson and Green did appear together on the NPR radio show The Bryant Park Project on January 16, 2008. and appeared on television show The View on January 21, 2008.
Subsequent to the success of the Juno soundtrack, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on its third week of physical release, the song "Anyone Else but You" was released as a UK single on February 25, 2008.
Adam Green recently released his sixth solo album, Minor Love, via Rough Trade. His initial band included a 3-piece string section. Kimya has continued to tour playing small clubs and house parties. Her album Remember That I Love You on K Records has been well received. She recently became a mother. Jack Dishel's former outfit Stipplicon having broken up, he formed a new band Only Son, who have toured with Regina Spektor. Jack also plays in Regina's band. Steven Mertens has his own group SpaceCamp and plays in Adam Green's backing band. Strictly Beats has his own group, Wooden Ghost, and plays in Dufus. Toby Goodshank plays solo shows and is also in a duo, Double Deuce, with his sister Angela.
- The song "Anyone Else but You" was used in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Murderball.
- The song "Anyone Else but You" was used in a mobile phone TV-ad in France during World Cup 2006, featuring French star Zinedine Zidane.
- The song "Anyone Else but You" is central to the 2007 Academy Award-winning film Juno and a version is also performed by the two main characters (Ellen Page and Michael Cera).
- A re-written version of "Anyone Else but You" was featured in a commercial for Atlantis Resorts in the Bahamas.
- The song "Jorge Regula" was used in a Pepsodent commercial in Latin America, without the group's permission.
- A version of the song "Jorge Regula" also appears in the 2006 indie film The Guatemalan Handshake
After releasing their first few records themselves, The Moldy Peaches have released music internationally through Rough Trade. In the United States records were originally released under the Sanctuary Records banner but, since the demise of Sanctuary and the takeover of Rough Trade by the Beggars Group, U.S. releases are now also on Rough Trade.
- X-Ray Vision (LP) - Average Cabbage Records - 1996
- Moldy Peaches 2000: Fer the Kids/ Live 1999 (Cassette/CD) - Average Cabbage Records - 1999
- The Moldy Peaches (CD-R) - Pro-Anti Records - 2000 (11-song CD, similar cover to next release, all songs included on later albums or singles.)
- The Moldy Peaches (CD/LP) - Sanctuary Records/Rough Trade - 2001 (compilation from previous self-releases plus 1 re-recording of "Nothing Came Out")
- "County Fair/Rainbows" (CD single) - Sanctuary Records/Rough Trade - 2002
- Moldy Peaches 2000: Unreleased Cutz and Live Jamz 1994-2002 (CD) - Sanctuary Records/Rough Trade - 2003
- "Anyone Else but You" (single) - Rough Trade - 2008
- Music from the Motion Picture Juno ("Anyone Else but You") - Rhino Records 2007
- Music from the Film Murderball ("Anyone Else but You") - Commotion 2005
- Music from the Film Garage Days ("Lucky Number Nine") - Festival Mushroom Records 2002
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- "Adam Green". news. adamgreen.net. Retrieved 2008-01-28. "Aaron Wilkinson--Adam's friend who died last July from an overdose"
- Katz, Greg (2007-12-03). "Live: Kimya Dawson & the Moldy Peaches @ the Smell, 12.2.07". Los Angeles: The Rawking Refuses To Stop!. Retrieved 2007-12-05.
- Solarski, Matthew (2007-12-04). "The Moldy Peaches Reunite for Juno Premiere". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2007-12-05.
- Dodero, Camille; Elizabet Thompson (2008-01-11). "Sound of the City". Village Voice. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
- Del Signore, John (2008-01-15). "Kimya Dawson, Musician". Interview (Gothamist). Retrieved 2008-01-17. "So a one-off Moldy Peaches reunion for TV was arranged, but no tour or other gigs. Why not? I am not interested in doing that stuff right now. I feel pretty removed from those days and those songs. I'll always love that stuff, but playing together just because of Juno feels like a digression. It's been so many years. (And I hate not playing guitar)."
- Moldy Peaches Reunite on 'Juno' Soundtrack : NPR Music
- Kimya Dawson Loves You
- "Moldy Peaches to release single after Juno soundtrack success". News (NME). 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
- "The Moldy Peaches Shill For Atlantis Resort With Strange Ad Remix". Rolling Stone - Rock and Roll Daily. 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
- Stokes, Paul (2008-01-24). "Moldy Peaches - the ad they never knew". In the NME office (NME). Retrieved 2008-01-25.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to The Moldy Peaches.|
- www.moldypeaches.com Official site.
- MP2K The original official site (archive.org)
- The Moldy Peaches Beggars Group USA page