Emily Peal
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Emily Peal

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF | AFTRA

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | SELF | AFTRA
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter

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"Reviews"

Emily Peal who kicks off the night with introspective lyrics and a voice to melt even the most hardcore metal dude… - Boston Band Crush


"Reviews"

…I’ve been listening to Tunneling for about a month now, and every time I do I get the spins. The attention to detail is staggering. This record is impossibly complex, yet maintains a remarkable accessibility (you know, except for the disorientation thing). I’m done thinking about it. I’m just going to enjoy it.….Tunneling is quite the impressive album, whose whole is even greater than its numerous parts. - Daykamp Music


"Interview with MassMic.org"

With charisma points off the charts, talking to Emily Peal is a PRIVILEGE. We met at the bands’ practice space in Boston about a week and a half ago to talk about her new album Tunneling, and the bands experience as an independent local group. Check it out.. - Massmic.org


"Reviews"

…The EP “Stacking Doll” reveals each of these stories as facets of one woman who lies at the center of all these personas. This gives way to a plethora of styles which showcases the breadth of the band overall. Certainly, the influences are diverse, the musicianship is unquestionable and the artistic flair is paramount...-All Access Magazine
(http://allaccessmagazine.com/vol8/issue01/emily-peal.html) - All Access Magazine


"Interview with Breaking Music Magazine"

10 Questions with Emily Peal
Posted in Folk, Indie, Pop on July 16, 2010 by breakingmusicmagazine


Breaking Music Magazine – How would you describe your music to a first time listener? If you had to pick one song for a new listener to hear that you feel encapsulates what you do as an artists what would it be? Also do you have a favorite song of yours?

Emily Peal – Well, for a long time I called it “Quirk-Rock” and I still think that’s a good description. It’s definitely eclectic, but it’s been moving in a slightly darker direction the longer I write. Lately I’ve been trying to think of it in terms of color. I’m thinking it’s a mix of that purple-red you see on maple leaves in the fall, but with a dash of neon blue.

I think the songs that best encapsulate the sound are probably “Bess Houdini” and “Siren Song”. They’re theatrical, literate, and dark, but they also have a sense of humor.

Right now I love performing Siren Song because I always have the opportunity to change it around. Those are the best kinds of songs for me, the ones that are flexible.

BMM – You reference Gershwin, Marie Antoinette and Bess Houdini to name a few. Your lyrics are literate and fun. How did you get so damn smart?

EP – Not quite sure how to answer that question without sounding like a pompous windbag (hahaha), so I’ll wiggle around it. Stacking Doll was a study of myself through other female characters. I looked at women whose stories had always particularly interested me and researched their lives. History (after music) has always been my favorite subject and I love sneaking little truths into my songs.

BMM – Your last show was listed as a farewell show before you left for Europe, are you back now? Did you get to play shows while in Europe? And are you back in Boston now or did you relocate?

EP – Sadly, the only shows in Europe were played to cows and sheep–certainly not the most attentive audience. I went to Europe to work on organic farms for WWOOOF (World Wide Opportunities for Organic Farming) and to take a little break after school. I endured a great deal of mockery from my band about my future as a dreadlocked hippie, but it was definitely worth it. I wrote a lot while I was there and, luckily, one of the farm houses had a piano. I sang everywhere, whether I was transplanting peppers, feeding chickens, or wrapping grape vines. It was a pretty heavenly experience.

Half of my band is still living in Boston, but I am relocating to New York. There is a hefty amount of commuting in my future, but I’m hoping that, eventually, everyone will end up in NYC.



BMM – How is the Boston music scene? Any favorite clubs, bands, artists, etc you would like to shout out?

EP – The Boston music scene is funny. I definitely am looking forward to experiencing New York’s scene. However, one of the last places I played in Boston was TT the Bear’s Place and I really love that venue. The Bower Birds played a heartbreaking set at that place and I think it had something to do with the stage being absolutely magical.

As for artists who reside in Boston, my friend Laura Jorgensen is particularly fantastic and just released her CD Feathered Arms. She’s kind of a mix of Joanna Newsome and Kate Bush, but with accordion. I also love listening to Elana Brody—she’s an absolute genius. You can find both of them on Myspace.

BMM – You have some great artists listed as Influences: P.J. Harvey, Patti Smith and the Violent Femmes to name a few, what are some of your secret listening pleasures people would not suspect?

EP – This may not be too surprising, but there are some musicals that get listened to on a regular basis. The 60’s Superman musical (“It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman”) is a particular guilty pleasure from my childhood. I recently watched a painful TV adaptation of the musical from 1975. It may be the worst thing I’ve ever seen. My dad is an avid superman fan and that TV movie is rather blasphemous to the character’s image.

Some non-guilty pleasures are Ella Fitzgerald and Chet Baker.

BMM – Your performances and albums tend to have a certain theatrical air to them. Are you influenced by musical theater?

EP – So it is obvious? I was in a lot of musical theater productions as a child and I don’t think it could help but seep into my music. For a long time I was ashamed of this, particularly in high school when I believed that 1970’s punk was the only acceptable form of music, but I’ve come to see that it helps make my music unique.



BMM – Who are your band members and are they full time members of the group or do they mainly play live with you?

EP – My band is Andrew Nault (drums) and Jordan Alegant (bass). I met them in school and they are both extraordinary musicians. There is an ease in their playing that makes them ideal bandmates. They’re also both extremely creative and play a vital role when it comes to putting shape to my songs.

Andrew was one of the first (non-parental) champions of my music. He produced my first EP andStacking Doll. Alex Prieto, who engineered Stacking Doll, is also considered an honorary band member.

There’s a bit of a revolving door on guitar players, but I feel very lucky that Mike Agentis (founder of the band Stars Regardless) is playing with us on some upcoming shows.

BMM – Can you take us through your songwriting process?

EP – I’m definitely a lyrics first kind-of-gal. I’ve tried other ways, but the songs that get played for people are almost always ones that started lyrically. The lyrics usually come entwined with a melody. The toughest part for me is getting myself to sit down and put music behind it all. That’s usually the part that takes the longest and I often feel rather impatient during that period.

The songs that feel best are the ones that strike me suddenly. Siren Song hit me like that. I was walking back to my apartment and the chorus just appeared in my head—stuck there as if I’d been listening to it all day. (Even though the song seemed to come prepackaged, it still took me 2 months–up until the day we recorded it–to work out the kinks and write the 3rd verse.)

BMM – Do you have any new projects coming up you would like to tell us about? What does the rest of 2010 hold for Emily Peal?

EP – 2010 is looking like a very busy year. I’m ridiculously excited.

There’s a full length that should be underway in the winter months, which is, in my opinion, the best time to record. We are also in the midst of planning a spring/summer 2011 tour to promote said record. We have a couple of shows coming up in the next few months, but right now I’m particularly concerned with getting my songs finished and ready for my first full-length.

BMM – Do you use social networking? If so what is your favorite site and where can people find you online?

EP – I am still getting acquainted with the vast world of social networking. I’m on Myspace (www.myspace.com/emilypealmusic) and Facebook, but I’ve been avoiding Twitter, mostly because I find the name extremely annoying. Many of my fellow musicians have been on my case about this, so I’ll probably remedy it soon. Probably.

I also have my own website: www.emilypeal.com. (Right now it’s under construction, but it should be up and going again soon.) My music is up on iTunes and Bandcamp for anyone who wants to take a listen.
- http://breakingmusicmagazine.com/


"Reviews"

Emily Peal is a band of wonderful souls and music vignettes made flawless by dedicated rehearsal. Emily is theatrical and whimsical and her unassuming yet exacting art lights up a room.
-Vartichoke Blog
(http://vartichoke.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/filthy-blues/) - Vartichoke Blog


Discography

Emily Peal EP-May 2009
Stacking Doll-November 2009
Tunneling-September 2011

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Bio

"Down we go," beckons Emily Peal. Follow her as she begins to dig—her words, carefully crafted and razor sharp, breaking apart the layers of rock that obscure what she seeks down below. Indeed, each song she writes seems to emerge like an artifact of some long-buried civilization: shattered remnants of relationships past, desiccated skeletons, scientific specimens, and everything coated with a fine layer of dust, dirt, or mud bespeaking its origin deep with the earth, deep within the songwriter herself.

She’s a red-haired, fair-skinned pixie of a girl, with so rich and clear a voice it comes as some surprise to Emily’s audiences the fierce growls that escape her—the loud and visceral content of her songs. "Tunneling", Emily's latest release with The Band of Skinny Men, is an entirely fan-funded album, and these songs are not for the weak of ears or heart. Emily tells tales of poisonous love; of smiling skeletons, picket fences, and cracking skin; of owls and elephants; of creation and destruction. The songs themselves defy classification: darkly lyrical, at times whimsical, and turning on a dime to expose some emotional truth at its most raw and painful.

“…I’ve been listening to Tunneling for about a month now, and every time I do I get the spins. The attention to detail is staggering. This record is impossibly complex, yet maintains a remarkable accessibility (you know, except for the disorientation thing). I’m done thinking about it. I’m just going to enjoy it.….Tunneling is quite the impressive album, whose whole is even greater than its numerous parts.”-Daykamp Music

On September 26th, Emily celebrated the release of "Tunneling" with a packed show at Boston's Middle East Upstairs. A tour of the South followed, as did an eerie, fanciful music video for "Gentle When You're Cruel". As the new year begins, this red-headed songstress shows no signs of slowing down. The winter months bring whispers of a new EP and a March Tour. To find out where you can see Emily and her Band of Skinny Men next, please visit: http://emilypeal.com

(Bio by Angela Woodside)