Sometimes the dry, powdery stuff on the outside of milk bottle sweets; at others the overtly tantalising sprinkles atop white chocolate jazzies; and occasionally the shock of an unexpected Revel, Peluché are undeniably our favourite find in the pick n mix of the 25th Larmer Tree Festival.
‘Popclectic’ is the term we’ve coined for their dreamy punk, with Rhapsody’s vocals soaring over synth while Amy’s voice rings out catchy lyrics and Sophie takes a break from drumming to drift smooth clarinet clouds through the multilayered sound stratum.
Rhapsody Gonzalez, Amy Maskell and Sophie Lowe were playing their first festival, having formed the trio just over a year ago, and had just been profiled as ‘Band of the Week’ in The Guardian.
Sweet, and just a little shy, they admitted they never know what to say between songs, preferring to lose themselves to the music and hoping to take their audiences with them.
“We want people to dance,” “Just people to look, really;” “Unfold their arms,” “and dance,” all three of them say different bits of this at once, recounting a gig where the audience sat down until the very last song. They now start with a faster number.
Their songs draw from the encounters of everyday life, such as their soon-to-be released single The Guy With the Gammy Eye, which Rhapsody said was a reaction to an incident while drinking cans of beer in a park.
“Everything’s done out of jamming. We just listen to each other and have a drink and see what happens. That’s probably why our set is so diverse as well,” she said.
Produced at Speedy Wunderground under Dan Carey, the single was recorded live and they knew when they hit their sixth take that this was the version for the release.
“We were just like, yeah, we’ll go for that one. We overdubbed the clarinet, like small pieces, but the whole thing was basically just a take,” Rhapsody explained. “If it’s very repetitive it loses the liveness and the character of the song, the meaning in a way.”
Sophie carried on: “We did the intro straight away, we hadn’t thought of it until we went into the studio. It’s got a lot of energy in it because we came up with it while it was recording.”
There’s no serious side to their writing, they insist, and while they say most bands write about love, they prefer to stick to the little happenings of everyday life that anyone can relate to.
Listening to them play The Social on Friday night, we couldn’t stop smiling at their mischievous musical turns or their cheeky punk enunciations: “Face, face, face, face, face, face, face, face!”
Hear the interview for yourself below and catch them at The Barfly in Camden on 4 August.
Words, photography and interview by Jessica Smith and Christopher Smith