by Fiona O'Connor
I won't deny that I am completely biased in my praise for Montreal's up-and-coming rock-and-rollers, The Peelies. It was just over a year ago that my former roommate picked up her first guitar and decided she'd learn how to play. Now, she's one fifth of the cutest French pop-rock band in town and I must say, I feel just a wee bit proud seeing all those hours of repetitive chord progressions pay off, and so quickly at that.
All relatively new to the music game, The Peelies are slowly starting to attract local buzz. Having caught them a few weeks ago at L'Escogriffe, one of Montreal's hole-in-the-wall mainstays, it's clear that these fun-loving ladies will continue to make waves as much for being so irresistibly adorable as for their ability to give a lively and earnest performance.
Citing Jane Birkin, Snatch, Thee Headcoatees and Los Saicos among their influences, The Peelies describe themselves as:
"Moitié hawaïennes, moitié amérindiennes, totalement cutes. Le meilleur band de fille que t'auras jamais vu de ta vie, elles sont inspirées à part égales par Snatch (le groupe, pas le film) et leur mamans."
English-translation: don't miss these gals when they perform on November 13th at le Cégep du Vieux Montreal. Check their myspace for deets, or become a fan of The Peelies on Facebook.
I really wish The Peelies the best. How could you not?!