Let me introduce you to Peach Pit and Methyl Ethel if you aren’t already aware of their presence. They both have that dreamy indie pop-rock vibe that makes you feel as though you’re drifting through time in a summer haze while lying in a field of daisies. It’s the kind of music you’d play on a lazy afternoon hanging out with some friends or just alone in your room thinking through distant memories.
Having discovered Methyl Ethel first, I found their sound different and refreshing compared to all the surf rock bands breaking out in the Australian music industry. Now having two albums under their belt – ‘Oh Inhumane Spectacle’ and ‘Everything is Forgotten’ – they’ve gained a lot of popularity in recent years with their music being described as ‘art rock’ or’indie rock’.
My personal liking of Methyl Ethel comes from their individuality. I hadn’t previously heard anything remotely similar to what they have produced, and they have the type of music that while there are a few stand out songs, the rest all come together to create a certain feel that makes their albums perfect for background sound to set a distinct mood.
Scream Whole displays the artistic vibe from Methyl Ethel while also exhibiting their ability to make music that could potentially appeal to the masses. They’re not limited to a specific genre as such and aren’t afraid to make songs that are perceived more mainstream, but also they know what their sound is and in other songs its clear that they’re not making music just for an audience.
This is the song that kind of got the ball rolling for Methyl Ethel as a band and allowed their music to reach more ears, which is what makes it an important turning point in their career so far. The video for this song exhibits how the band themselves are there more for the art than to make themselves appear a certain way. They don’t attempt a cool aesthetic or try and come off a certain way but instead take a step back, letting the music speak for itself and not taking away from that. With all their videos they have a way of being present without making themselves be the focus.
Twilight Driving takes a different turn to some of their more popular songs discussed not only in style but in visuals too. Immediate differences notable in this song is the subtle Australian identity, whereas a lot of Australian bands are very loud and clear about the fact they’re from Australia, Methyl Ethel don’t sell themselves on that fact and when producing this song they have lines that point to their Australianism in a way that isn’t overpowering or too much. This is evident in the scenery in the video and lyrics such as, “twilight driving, gotta watch out for the roos”.
A significant aspect of their new song Real Tight is that in their music video – compared to others – the band seem more in the spotlight and at the forefront of the video without taking away from the song itself. Its like they’ve found their groove and are more themselves in their music as opposed to their older songs where they are often in the background of the video, never a featuring aspect.
Peach Pit is a Canadian group that has a distinct vibe to their music, often described as a more melancholy and muted than pop music as a whole. They borderline pop and rock and alternative, never fully being a part of any one genre but instead dabbling in a few similar genres. They almost encompass that “indie” vibe that is heard about quite a bit.
Peach Pit to me has become a band that I know I’ll listen to throughout the summer months, on long road trips and when I’m lazing around the house. They have a sound that is unique but also isn’t completely new as a lot of artists out there are making similar sounds. Except Peach Pit continue to find a way to stand out from the rest by making music that reflects past generations of pop and rock bringing with them a more retro vibe.
Immediately what you notice about Peach Pit is that they are a lot more pop-y as opposed to Methyl Ethel. They have more of a light summery vibe, but their music is also a dull and muted compared to songs generally in the pop genre. Seventeen is about being a teenager and not really knowing what you’re doing or who you are but figuring it out which is simple enough but paired with the video of the lead singer – Neil Smith – dancing in different locations you see with the colour scheme of the video that the two media forms complement each other in a way that makes the song stand out.
Alrighty Aphrodite is different to a lot of Peach Pit’s other songs not only in the video its paired with but also in the lyricism and instrumentals. It has more of a dull and sombre feel to it, with less upbeat sounds and a more serious task at hand. It’s evident immediately that the song convicts a girl of a destructive pattern of destroying every guy she is with. Throughout the song and even in the title you see how they put her on a pedestal of great power and strength even in just drawing a comparison between her and the Greek Goddess of love and beauty.
Peach Pit has been described as “knowing when to shut up” and that is evident in this video with the solo we receive from their guitarist Christopher Vanderkooy in Sweet FA. Their vocalist isn’t afraid to take a step back and let the music speak for itself while not being uncommon – there are a plethora of songs and artists that do the same thing – it’s still a notable aspect of their music.
Drop the Guillotine stands out for how the band have a way of producing music that isn’t meaningless but also doesn’t hold too much depth, an interesting route to pursue. The band also has a way of being fun and funky without looking like they’re trying too hard to be anything specific. They’re not attempting to copy what’s already been done but aren’t going to go to wild lengths to be different just for the sake of it.
To wrap this up I want to state that both Methyl Ethel and Peach Pit are making amazing and fun tunes while keeping to their own individual styles and producing sounds that are true to them. I bring them together only to highlight how both bands while fitting into similar categories are quite different from their lyrics to instrumentals and videography. If you haven’t already please look into these bands as they are producing incredible music.
Thanks for reading and until next time,