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What is Peaches? It’s raw. It’s people mimicking fucking I stage. Ass eating human centipedes. Super soakers full of fake cum. It’s bravery on stage. The kind of being yourself that some people scoff at, yet everyone could learn from. Photos below from Webster Hall, Voodoo Fest New Oreans, Le Poisson Rouge, Fun Fun Fun Fest and One Eye Jacks in New Orleans by Dylan Johnson.

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A fan gets drug off stage at Le Poisson Rouge

I get kind of sentimental when I see a show. Back when it was only cool to be punk rock, to listen to hardcore rap and fail safe classic rock melodies like Bad Company by Bad Company, it was frowned upon to get weird in my home state of Oklahoma. I had a good friend named Chris Young who broke the mold. I used to say I miss him everyday. But that’s not true. We get older and busier and we forget more and more.

Dancers Jess and Anthony at Webster Hall in January 2013

Dancers Jess and Anthony at Webster Hall in January 2013

My friend started playing peaches when we had parties. It was a bold move. I owe a lot of life to him from his fortitude. He knew how to live, even if it was for a short time. In a way, I owe him for my growth as a person. For brazenly championing music that makes stereotypical people that engage in obvious behavior uneasy.

Two of Peaches friends, Benny VandenAvond and Nathan Garcia get engaged on stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest

Two of Peaches friends get engaged on stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest

To say that I got butterflies would be an understatement. The feeling I get, knowing I get to shoot pics with a band I like is always exciting on some level. But this incited nostalgia. It brings me to place of peace with a friend. To a time back in a wood panel bedroom in Norman, Oklahoma with an iMac bought on marinol money. The thought of meeting the people we listened to on the built in speaker never occurred to me.

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I don’t try to be cool anymore. As cheesy as it is, one of many things that fills the gaping hole in my life is music. Just like an angsty middle schooler, every time I put on headphones to drowned out my problems, I end up in a better place. I saw a dream I didn’t realize I had turn casual. Icons aren’t real, they’re just people. No one really knows anyone else. But, on some plan that balances between superficial celebrity indictment and perceived heroism, these icons overcame struggles and became who they are. And through some inter tangled web, reflect to us who we are.

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The 10 year anniversary of Fun Fun Fun Fest. Peaches fires the ceremonial 12 chamber taco cannon powered by a car battery and carbon dioxide.  "Fuck the Pain Away" plays in the background. Peaches also played the first year of the festival in 2006.

The 10 year anniversary of Fun Fun Fun Fest. Peaches fires the ceremonial 12 chamber taco cannon powered by a car battery and carbon dioxide. “Fuck the Pain Away” plays in the background. Peaches also played the first year of the festival in 2006.

Peaches showers the crowd with champagne after the on-stage engagement.

Peaches showers the crowd with champagne.

Down time after Voodoo Fest in New Orleans at the Leroys Place Headquarters.

Down time after Voodoo Fest in New Orleans at the Leroys Place Headquarters.

One Eyed Jack in New Orleans on Halloween 2015

One Eyed Jack in New Orleans on Halloween 2015

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Dancer Jess Daly shoots Anthony in the ass with a super soaker of fake cum

Dancer Jess Daly shoots Anthony in the ass with a super soaker of fake cum

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Peaches smokes a joint from a fan while crowd walking in Austin.

Peaches smokes a joint from a fan while crowd walking in Austin.

Voodoo Fest New Orleans

Voodoo Fest New Orleans

Backstage at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan

Backstage at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan

Webster Hall January 2013

Webster Hall January 2013

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An attendee gets on stage in New Orleans and is put in a headlock

An attendee gets on stage in New Orleans and is put in a headlock

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Backstage in the rain at Fun Fun Fun Fest

Backstage in the rain at Fun Fun Fun Fest

by Dylan Johnson

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