The Peeps: Salsapunk. Not Your Mama’s Nachos

The Peeps, a garage punk band turned “tropical party western” consists of Byron Gray (bass), Teddy Kohlmann (guitar), Adrian Lopera (guitar) and Jonny Mehr (drums) originally hailing from Newburgh, NY and for the past few years, taking over Brooklyn.  They’ve also been known to add some pals to the stage to expand their sound, including Sebastian Rendòn (percussion) and Jon Notar (keys).

These dudes have been best friends since their teen years and have rocked out all over the country on two national tours and even internationally, spending a few weeks in Colombia.  They’ve played everything from backyard parties and graduations to rooftops and apparently some less than traditional events.

Photo credit Sharon Hillman

Photo credit Sharon Hillman

“We love playing divorce parties” says Gray, only half-joking.

They have produced three records, No Chochas Just Wariors (2005), Para Todos Los Noches (2006), and Our Crazy (2009) and are set to release their newest work, Salsapunk, later this year.

What the hell is “salsapunk”?

While the band is rooted in the punk scene, they have been able to incorporate Latin sounds as well as the personal experiences of each band member into a delicious “salsa” that will make even the biggest sour puss dance his face off.  The Peeps aim to encompass the sounds of what is happening in our city today:  Latino immigration in NY is mixing with the punk scene and The Peeps strive to capture this time in NYC’s history.  Whether you like the crusty punk vibes or just want to dance with your friends, The Peeps have something for everyone. Check out the video for their single, On the Lam, and take note of their ridiculously awesome description:

“This song is about running from the police, togetherness overcoming all obstacles, surviving rattlesnake bites, forgetting fears, remembering the point is to party, always.”

Why should you check them out?

The Peeps spend a lot of time perfecting their live shows as huge parties.

“Our mission is really to go on an adventure with the audience and each other,” Gray explains.

He even goes so far as to advocate their show in place of all the Valentine’s Day hoopla.

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“Whether you’re single or with someone it’s time to party,” he says.  “Cuz you’ll get laid.” Okay, that last part was Kohlmann, but it still stands. Do you really need more convincing?

You can peep The Peeps on their Bandcamp, Facebook page, or website. Oh yeah, and you can peep them at Knitting Factory next Thursday (that’s right, Valentine’s Day)

WHEN: Thursday, February 14, Doors 7:00 PM, show 8:00 PM

WHERE: Knitting Factory, 3610 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn

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