Peter Dayton
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Peter Dayton

East Hampton, New York, United States | INDIE

East Hampton, New York, United States | INDIE
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter


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"His tunesmanship was infectious
....The deep vocals have a sad,
reflective quality. It is poetic and
lovely.....Dayton shows his
prowess as a lyricist, storyteller
and songwriter. ....With at least a
decade long gap in hearing these
brilliant tracks I can separate my
inner hype with the reality.I am so
happy to have this music back for
consumption. The inner hype was
right. The CD is well mastered and
clean sounding allowing the tracks
to sound fresh and updated."
--Gullbuy - Gullbuy


LaPeste, "Better Off Dead"
LaPeste, retrospective cd on Matador Records
Peter Dayton, solo album retrospective on smasheasy®



As an art student in Boston in the
mid-late 1970's, Peter was one of the
founding members of the legendary
punk band La Peste. The band had a
huge following, with good reason. Great
songs, incredible energy, and amazing
"like-ability" for a punk band...

Peter left La Peste to pursue a solo
project, which owed more to artists
like The Cars, or Jonathan Richman
and the Modern Lovers than to bands
like the Sex Pistols or the Clash. Ric
Ocasek of The Cars was a big fan of
Peter's songwriting, and produced some
demos for him in the late '70's. The
Rings' Mike Baker also produced some

All the while, Peter was pursuing his
art career as well. Leaving the Peter
Dayton Band behind, he travelled to
Europe, and his solo music became very
popular for a time.

But ultimately none of it was released
with the exception of a couple songs
that made it onto vinyl compilation LPs.
(That's how long ago this was!)

Now, 30 years later Peter is a successful
visual artist, with a studio in the
Hamptons, and frequent art shows in
NYC and beyond.

The music from The Peter Dayton Band
years is now available for the first time,
and it's as fresh as the day it was

The sound of his music mirrors the pop
art collages he creates. His songwriting
is simple yet deep, and the lyrics will
stick in your mind. You'll find yourself
humming his songs years later.