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L.A. Unheard: The Peach Kings’ chewy blues

December 15, 2011 |  8:31 am

The Peach Kings

The band: The Peach Kings, former San Franciscans seeking a SoCal throne.

The sound: The duo dubbed their debut EP “Trip Wop,” and the influence of sultry down-tempo acts such as Portishead and Zero 7 certainly leaves a mark on tracks such as “Little Things” and “By Your Side.” But the occasional drum machine runs second to the interplay of Steven “Dies” Trezevant’s salty guitar work and singer Paige Wood’s lightly toasted alto, which run deft melodic circles around each other. The result is 21st century blues, recorded with a 2011 budget.

The random: The band fulfilled their 2011 trippy quota with a promo clip for an October show, which found them pictured as purple-shaded candle-bearers, levitating over a golden railroad. Hey, where they’re going, they don’t need roads. Or electricity.

The details: The “Trip Wop” EP is available for free download now at ThePeachKings.com.

The music: Download “By Your Side” below.

The Peach Kings -- "By Your Side"

-- David Greenwald

Photo: Paige Wood and Steven Trezevant. Credit: The Peach Kings