Gig of the week: Foursome ripe to rock

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Rock newcomers Black Boy Peaches have ripened into a fully-fledged touring and recording band in the space of just a few short months. 

The Dunedin four-piece only formed last year – and they’ve not been hanging about to get themselves noticed. 

Before they’d even played a proper gig, in October they’d released a seven-track debut EP Slasher. 

The group then captured an instant fan base by blasting out short live sets at high school assemblies around Dunedin and handed out free copies of the CD to students. 

“That plan worked really well and got us off to a good start,” guitarist-keyboardist Tom Mepham says. 

“We play good-time pop and rock and it went down well with the kids. 

“It meant when we did do our first official show we had all these people turn up who knew the songs already and were pretty well into our stuff.” 

Black Boy Peaches makes its Queenstown debut at the Dux on Saturday. 

But Tom and his frontman brother Hamish are no strangers to the resort, having appeared here before with their previous bands Mephymology and Native, respectively. 

“Queenstown’s a big party place and we play party music – so it sounds like a good combination to me,” Tom says. 

The group’s rousing sound has already been compared to hit rockers like The Killers, Muse and INXS. 

But although Black Boy Peaches have got off to a flier, they are in no hurry to push for a major record deal. 

Tom explains: “Things have been happening pretty quickly for us but we want to really get ourselves established on our home turf before taking things to another level. 

“When we do start to think on a slightly bigger scale it’ll be important to have longevity in mind. Once you start punting in really big I imagine it could be easy for things to get overpowering,” he says. 

The band is already planning a first album in November on its own label and will work on two music videos before that, Tom says. 

“Most of the tracks for the album were written last year and Hamish just keeps coming up with songs like nothing else. 

“By the end of 2010 we certainly hope to have made an impact on the consciences of New Zealand – so we’re working on that and just see how we go from there.”