The Peach Kings provided a gritty, memorable set when they opened for Cyndi Lauper at the Hard Rock in Northfield a few weeks back.
That’s saying a lot, considering the L.A. duo relied solely upon Paige Wood’s vocals and Steven Trezevant Dies’ guitar for their edgy, Cramps-meets-The Black Keys throwback sound.
Then again, Paige is no ordinary singer. Nor is Dies your average, everyday axe-smith.
Texas bombshell Paige grew up on a steady diet of Led Zeppelin, Tom Waits, and Roy Orbison. So she can ooze alto ardor or belt bluesy ballads with equal lung power and conviction, veering from torch singer to lounge vixen to arena-rock goddess in the course of just a couple songs.
Meanwhile, Silver Lake-bred beau Dies honed his chops on Rage Against the Machine, Velvet Underground, Black Sabbath, and Red Hot Chili Peppers at University of California (Berkeley). He also studied under Argentine guitar whiz “El Flaco” (Luis Alberto Spinetta of Almendra and Pescado Rabioso), under whose tutelage he learned to incorporate psychedelia, prog, and jazz into his repertoire.
Together, Paige and Dies have issued the Eps Handsome Moves (2012) and Mojo Thunder (2014) and had serrated noir numbers like “Fisherman,” “Be Around,” “Do It For Me,” and “Like a Stone” appear on television shows like HBO’s Shameless, CW Network’s The Arrow, NBC’s Do No Harm, and FOX’s Gotham.
In addition to their recent support slot with Lauper, The Peach Kings have performed with beatboxer Reggie Watts and British rockers The Heavy.
Now the SXSW vets have a date booked at Beachland Tavern: Their Night Sweats tour has them set for the Collinwood venue on Tuesday, July 26th with Mobley. Consider this your last chance to see the couple in an intimate setting before others catch on to their secret.
The tentatively-titled debut LP Lover’s Leap is due later this year. Tracks from Mojo Thunder can be sampled gratis at their website www.thepeachkings.com.
The Peach Kings / Mobley / Vital Organs. Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 8:30pm (7:30 doors). Beachland Ballroom & Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd. Cleveland OH 44110). Tickets $8, $10 DOS. All Ages. Advance tickets available here.