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"CD Review: Peacekeeper - Fireworks"

Local band Peacekeeper moved to Chicago from New Orleans in the summer of 2008, and have since released their debut LP, "Fireworks." The band describe themselves as part of a musical movement dubbed "gentleman rock," in which "a premium is put on good manners, cosmopolitanism and a generally genial attitude." "Just because you rock doesn't mean you have to drink Pabst Blue Ribbon in a filthy alleyway at 3 o'clock in the morning, right?," ask the band in their MySpace profile. You have to admire them simply for daring to refuse rock and roll cliches, but luckily their music is pretty great, too.

Although "gentlemen rock" could easily describe their sound as well as their attitude, overall Peacekeeper is one of those acts you can't easily categorize. Lead singer, songwriter and piano player Kevin Corcoran sounds comfortable dabbling in a variety of styles, all rooted in down to earth, classicist pop. The band is at their strongest when they lean toward breezy, upbeat melodies, with the title track, "Ship in a Bottle," "Girl" and "New House" offering up the most memorable hooks and sounding like the musical equivalent to a Sunday afternoon in July. "New House" features a particularly soaring, ear-catching chorus that makes it stand out as one of the disc's finest. Elsewhere, they expand their sound via old-time Americana ("Lonely Waltz"), jazzy lounge pop ("Is This Love") and Southern-style classic rock ("Don't Hold Me"), and while these tracks aren't quite as convincing, they are still enjoyable and add welcome variety.

"Fireworks" is the work of a band that isn't attempting to make your ears ring or rock your face off, but it's also a lot more than mere background music. Its best moments are examples of genuinely great, refreshing songwriting. If this is what gentlemen rock sounds like, hopefully we'll hear much more of it soon. -


our first LP, released January 2009,
receiving airplay on Chicago's college radio stations,
reviewed in Windy City Rock and
available through online downloading services, at live shows and at select local record stores

"Fresh Fruit"
a jam demo released in March 2009,
available at live shows

"Peacekeeper Live at the Gallery Cabaret"
our first live album
available for free download at our website and for sale at shows.



Peacekeeper is a four-piece band based out of Chicago that writes and performs gentleman rock, its own special brand of melodic pop rock.

Their live performances harken back to the wild performances early Bruce Springsteen and Warren Zevon, while tinged with the modern quirkiness of artists like Ryan Adams or the Flaming Lips.

Peacekeeper is a student of the Do-It-Yourself school, screen-printing their own apparel (t-shirts, hoodies, and panties!), shooting and editing their own music videos and self-recording and printing their own CDs, including their debut LP "Fireworks", their "Fresh Fruit" EP, and "Peacekeeper Live At the Gallery Cabaret".

With regional touring and more recording in the works, Peacekeeper is a band gaining momentum and sure to produce great things in the year to come.

Check out more from Peacekeeper at their website: or on YouTube at