With their new EP, This Modern Life prove they can deliver a solid collection of commercially accessible rock, carrying an undercurrent of something much deeper than a first listen implies. Self-aware yet unpretentious songwriting is accentuated by passionate playing and playful use of a familiar musical style. The band even hint at this interplay between two worlds with the EP’s artwork, obscuring their drummer’s face behind a monkey mask, forcing a bright grin onto an otherwise grey and uniform picture of a man in front of a garage door.
Most of what I know of the 1960’s and 70’s I’ve found out from books, video footage and old people. Even so, the imagination is the best place for reconstructing what it must have been like to actually experience the world then. Slipping on some big headphones, playing a record, closing your eyes and letting the sound wash over you gives your subconscious mind the opportunity to pick up on all sorts of tiny nuances. You can build a mental picture which is impossible to describe to someone else, so you keep telling them they need to feel it for themselves.
This is where The Peppermint Beat Band reside.