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"(US) NeuFutur Magazine - Blog 2008"

The titular track for “Die In June” is a track that immediately creates a very detailed and dense instrumental arrangement that incorporates a number of distinct styles in the time before the vocals kick in. When the vocals do start up, individuals will hear a bit of dark rock that has hints of HIM and Stabbing Westward present. The driving guitars provide the perfect backdrop for the vocals to properly shine off of; Peel has that radio friendly sound that will ensure that each of the four cuts on “Die In June” will gain rotation on rock radio stations worldwide.

“Unheard” starts off with both instrumental and vocals parts of the band active, making for a track that has a fundamentally different sound than “Die In June” did. It is during “Unheard” that Peel take on a Placebo type of sound, albeit with a much heavier low end than the aforementioned act. The vocals are created with enough care to ensure that they will nestle themselves deep into the minds of anyone listening in to “Die In June”. “Second Man On The Moon” changes the style of what Peel puts forth in much the same way that “Unheard” did vis-à-vis “Die In June”. While there may be a more industrial feel to “Second Man On The Moon”, the vocals have an emotional intensity to them that push on influences such as Incubus, Dishwalla, and even (at the periphery) the Counting Crows.

The final track on “Die In June” is “(Falling From) Grace”, a track that goes back into a sound that is similar to that on “Die In June”. The fundamental difference that this track has over “Die In June” is that there is a little funkiness to the instrumentation that make it into the catchiest of all the “Die In June” track. The vocals (backed up by the rest of the band during the chorus) lead into an absolutely intense instrumental arrangement. These different sections make “(Falling From) Grace” into a track that showcases all of the unique pieces and parts of Peel, and it is this quality that should provide listeners with the best evidence for picking up any of the band’s future releases, or buying a ticket whenever they can make it to your neck of the woods.

Top Track: (Falling From) Grace

Rating: 8.6/10

http://neufutur.com/?p=5218 - James


"(Germany) Local-Radio Bremen 2008"

Und schon wieder sind es Skandinavier, die uns mit schöner Musik beglücken.
Dass in ihrer Heimat sehr viel Wert auf musikalische Erziehung in der Schule gelegt wird, kann man schlichtweg hören und nicht nur PEEL aus Norwegen sind dafür ein Paradebeispiel.
Gitarrenpop mit einfacher und gerade deshalb vielleicht so eingängiger Linie.
Aus mehreren Freundeskreisen entstanden, fokussierte sich im Laufe der Zeit ein harter Kern arbeitender Talente heraus, die sich ihre musikalische Karriere ganz oben auf ihre Prioliste gesetzt haben. Entstanden ist mit PEEL ein Kollektiv, dass bislang schon zu einigen Begeisterungsstürmen motivieren konnte.
Produzent Frederik Nordström (u.a. Panic At The Disco) hat es nach seinem ersten Peel Konzert auf den Punkt gebracht; „Ihr seid verdammt grossartig!"
Dem stimmen wir neidlos zu und stellen hiermit die Single „Natalie Somewhere" vor, einen Song, den die Band schon vor einiger Zeit geschrieben hat, der aber durchaus das Zeug dazu hat sich zum Klassiker zu entwickeln.
Mitsingen garantiert!

CD: Promo-Single „Natalie Somewhere"

Contact: Peel

Label: DIE4MA


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http://www.local-radio.de/thread.php?postid=5674#post567
- Brain


"New York City-based engineer"

«Peel combine great pop melodies with a fresh, original sound. Pim¹s
voice is both powerful and emotional, creating a wonderful centerpiece and
giving superb depth to an already rich sonic landscape.» - Brian Sperber (Ozzy Osbourne, Feeder, Dinosaur Jr., Moby)


"London video director - GobTV"

"I don't normally do comments, but Peel are so bloomin good, and have such a good name (JPeely RIP) that I overcame my shymess to write "Peel for President"!" - Nick Small (Serena Maneesh, Skunk Anansie, St. Etienne)


"Swedish producer"

...simply said upon hearing the band for the first time «Låter jävligt bra om er !¡¡!» (You sound fucking great!¡¡!).

(Mostly known for creating the “Gothenburg sound”) - Fredrik Nordström (Dimmu Borgir, Panic At The Disco, In Flames)


"(US) Wildy's World - Blog 2008"

Oslo, Norway's Peel is back with an exciting four-song E.P. entitled Die In June. Peel has become well known and respected for their highly personal and emotionally bare songwriting; incorporating styles that run the gamut from industrial to metal to pop. Pim (lead vox/guitar); Bertzkii (drums); Dan (guitar/vox); Bjorn (keys/guitar) and Frikk (bass/vocals) continue to enthrall music fans from all walks of live in Scandinavia and abroad.

Die In June opens with Falling From Grace, a song inspired by a documentary on childhood abuse and how the abused come to feel their treatment is normal. The song is very powerful and written in a style reminiscent of early Bon Jovi material. It has a strong pop sensibility while retaining a distinct edge. The title track, Die In June examines romance through the eyes of one who has burned. The hope the narrator feels is tempered by the fear of hurting again. The chorus is full of big guitars that serve as a sonic metaphor for being buffeted by insecurities and fear. The song is very memorable with a strong melody and a great, heavy sound.
Second Man On The Moon examines the superficial nature of society in devaluing accomplishments just because they've been accomplished before. This is a great pop tune with rock embellishments that sounds like something that should have a lot of licensing potential. My favorite track on the disc is Unheard. It's a heavy tune that is reminiscent of the better of early Live material. The unseen/unheard outsider is the anti-hero hero, falling through the cracks before our very ears.

Peel wields a heavy pen; capturing strongly poignant ideas in song in a fashion that is neither condescending nor preachy. The arrangements are compelling and keep the listener interested and involved. This is intellectual heavy rock at it's finest. The only complaint you might have is that it's only four songs long. The Die In June E.P. will leave you wanting more of Peel.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

http://wildysworld.blogspot.com/2008/12/review-peel-die-in-june.html
- Wildy


"Pitch perfect EP, "Die in June" may be the best EP out of Norway this year."

The Norwegian PEEL really now they're stuff. Their outings have been rare but, hey, as the old saying goes, it's all about quality.

I stumbled across the "Die in June" EP a week ago and have enjoyed it ever since.

Peel make all 4 songs happen. The gracious combination of fellow Scandinavian Pain industrial electronica with the sporadic Nine Inch Nails alternativeness keeps the listener busy and the Peel'ish pop choruses make them more than rock radio appealing.

At times, the lyrics seem obvious but they serve great for the chosen song structures.

Pitch perfect EP, "Die in June" may be the best EP out of Norway this year.

GET IT! - Audiotier.com


Discography

Comes Down...O.K./Youth Love Cult Single - Coco Pelli Records 1999
Allright Freak/Stay DownPt.1 - Single - Coco Pelli Records 1999
Breathe Single - Edel Records 2001
Natalie Somewhere E.P. - Edel Records 2001
Natalie Somewhere - Single - Edel Records, 2001
Neverending Single - Edel Records 2001
Peel (Debut album) - Edel Records 2001(Norway)/2002/2003 (Rest of the world , except the US and GB)
Die In June -E.P- Peelgrim records - T.B.A. 2008

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Summer in Scandinavia is an optimistic time, with long hours of light and mild weather far removed from the cold, bitter winters. But there’s a danger in being too complacent and hopeful. If things seem a little too perfect, they probably are. The tables can turn quickly—and therein lies the fascinating musical and lyrical tension of Die In June, the highly charged, long awaited new four song EP by Norwegian band Peel.

Over the past few years, the powerhouse, genre-busting five piece powerhouse band has brought its bold artistry and sheer in your face audacity to a fascinating quality hungry music demographic. Performing gigs at clubs in and around their home base of Oslo and festivals like Quartfestivalen and Elveblestivalen, they’ve won over headbangers, emos, straight rockers, popheads and lovers of progressive sounds everywhere with an emphatic and intense, yet sophisticated and iconoclastic swirl of rock and industrial nerve pop.

These fans are drawn to the sincerity and warmth of Pim (lead vocals, guitar), Bertzkii (drums), Dan (guitar/vocals), Bjorn (guitars/keyboards) and Frikk (bass/vocals), whose music reflects an exciting philosophy of revealing (peeling off) and daring to expose their inner emotional realities. By maintaining a conservative, or even more devastating, an ignorant, approach to everyday life, they believe, people continuously impose restrictions on their talent and ability to make a difference. Ranging in age from their early 20s- and well in to the 30s , they draw from a wide range of influences that doesn’t miss a classic yet progressive beat: classical, industrial metal, punk, old school new wave, straight edge rock, elements of hardcore…really anything or everything is welcomed and fits into their musical universe.

Their mass of enthusiasts include top producers and engineers like Adam Kviman (Eagle Eye Cherry)—who produced Peel’s self-titled 2003 debut album--and NYC based Brian Sperber (Dinosaur Jr., Diddy, Patti Smith, Live), who said, “Peel combines great pop melodies with a fresh, original sound…Pim’s voice is both powerful and emotional, creating a wonderful centerpiece and giving superb depth to an already rich sonic landscape.” Fredrik Nordstrom (Dimmu Borgir, Opeth, Panic At The Disco, In Flames) adds, “You sound F***in’ great!”

That assessment would be over the top if it didn’t so perfectly sum up the raw heartfelt power of the four tracks of Die In June. Drawing on a compelling emotional band history that includes disease, death, hospitalization, spiritual quests and various personal and romantic crises, Peel digs deep into such issues as alienation, fears of the human mind, life in the shadows, hopes and despair. They go full throttle into the driving opening rocker “Falling From Grace,” which was originally inspired by Pim’s watching a TV program about abused children and the disturbing reality that they got used to their plight as natural. “They became objects for someone else’s pain,” he says. The title track draws on a personal experience of learning to temper romantic optimism with emotional caution, while “Second Man On The Moon” taps into the dichotomy between being the celebrated #1 and the forgotten #2. The intense and heavy chorded “Unheard,” which one U.S. journalist compared to the music of British alt-rock band Placebo, touches on a similar theme to “Falling From Grace” (but with darker undertones) as it explores the reality of being a marginalized outsider.