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.
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.
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.
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.
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.