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"Love Your Enemy CD"

The Peasants

Love Your Enemy
by Scott Hefflon

Living in Boston, I've heard and seen the name The Peasants for years, never realizing that the rest of the country fawned over The Get Up Kids and then My Chemical Romance without ever discovering The Peasants. Morons. So yeah, part noisy college rock like Local H (look it up if you were still listening to N'Sync in the mid-'90s when "alternative rock" was still noisy and ROCK, not formulaic mainstream pop for poserboys and teenage girls who like moody photoshoots more than well-written songs) and part punky rock, guitar solos and "I need a godamn job!" hollars over Sex Pistols swagger. If more unsigned bands were this good, more of us would consider seeing a local band less painful than going to see the dentist.

Love Your Enemy opens less "fun and catchy" than Welcome to My Country or Out on the Streets, but frustration with U.S. politics isn't exactly a funny topic, ya know? But "Day Job" and "I Never Said" lighten up, the latter being a trippy Beastlesesque dirge where Jesus tells people how badly they've misquoted him, and done ignorant, hateful things "in his name." And from there, Love Your Enemy gets back on track, quipping about sweet Asian ass, and "Less and Less" is one of those lighter-waiving, simple but touching tunes the Brits seem to've perfected. "Black Coffee and Cigarettes" and "At The Wedding" each shuffle quickly about the dance floor, jacked-up and giddy, each overflowing with fun lyrics and guitarwork that'll make the kids realize most current guitarists are lazy pieces of shit, posers who'd be relagated to "rhythm guitarist" if they could even land a gig back in the day of guitar rock. "At The Wedding" duck-walks the fretboard like Brian Setzer, the kinda stuff ya just don't hear anymore. So three or four real gems here, the rest nicely listenable, each song notably different from the others, and far from the simplified crap on the radio these days.
( - Lollipop Magazine


Love Your Enemy- 11 song Album (2005) Blat Records
Welcome To My Country- 12 song (2002)Blat Records
Out On The Street- 13 song (1997) Blat Records
All The Rage- 12 Song 1991) Blat Records


Feeling a bit camera shy


The Peasants have opened for such notable acts as Aerosmith, The White Stripes and The Stray Cats. Their songs have appeared on MTV, VH-1, The Shield (Cable TV) show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Nightline, World News Tonight and Good Morning America. A powerful live rock trio that began on the streets and subways of Boston, The Peasants continue to play out there every summer when not touring.

During the school year, Principal The Peasants Singer/Songwriter Pete can be found touring solo with the latest record.

Though virtually unknown to the music industry hacks, The Peasants have always scored high on College Radio with their self releases. All The Rage (1990) received tons of airplay and favorable reviews in CMJ.
The long awaited Out On The Street (1997) also received great airplay, reaching regular rotation on 250 College Stations. The Peasants successfully crisscrossed the country touring DIY for a few years until the offers from Europe.

Five Tours around Europe culminated in the release of the 12 song Welcome To My Country.
Suburban Records (NL) and Cargo Records (Germany) picked it up. But problems in the USA returned attention there and in February 2005 The Peasants returned to the studio to record songs mostly written before, during and after the first stolen election of George W Bush and the false buildup to the invasion of Iraq. With the same winning lineup of Billy Close on Bass and Stephen Hart on Drums, Love Your Enemy is considered by many to be the best yet from The Peasants.

Pete hit the road solo Fall 2005/Winter 2006 w/Love Your Enemy, touring throughout the midwest, south and northeastern US. He was out of commission March-May 2006 w/Hip Surgery but returned to the streets of Boston Summer 2006.

This Fall 2006 The Peasants kick off a 30+ show tour of Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland and Portugal starting September 1st. After a 4 year hiatus The Peasants look forward to seeing many friends in Old Europe and unveiling Love Your Enemy to them.
Francois Boit of Kill City Management (Lille, France) is still booking some last minute shows. If you have any ideas for a show or want to contact Pete for any reason, write