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DR. MARTENS SPEAKS TO PEACH CLUB

Meet Norwich-based, all girl, activist punk band, Peach Club, with an aim to revive the riot grrrl scene from the ’90s. Peach Club came to life in January 2016 and has continued to spread a positive, powerful message about equality and empowerment ever since. We spoke to Katie Revell and Charlie Hart of Peach Club to find out what’s going on in their world.

When you hear ‘Peach Club’ you think: sweet, maybe acoustic, Mouldy Peaches kind of vibe. So it’s really funny having it as our name because when people come see us and have never heard us, they get the shock of their lives.

For those who don’t know Peach Club, how would you sum yourselves up in a sentence?

Katie: Funky, punky & political.
Charlie: We make feminist punk rock with a lot of energy and fun.

How did you decide on the name, ‘Peach Club’?

Katie: My old nickname was ‘Peach’ because I had a peach fringe, so when I was solo I was ‘Peach Hex’. When I decided to form a band, our first drummer said she liked the idea of keeping the peach because it’s a good juxtaposition to our music. When you hear ‘Peach Club’ you think: sweet, maybe acoustic, Mouldy Peaches kind of vibe. So it’s really funny having it as our name because when people come see us and have never heard us, they get the shock of their lives.

Tell us about your first Dr. Martens:

Charlie: Mine were 1461 Virginia’s in Blue Moon, my grandma bought them for me after I picked them. I wore them to Latitude both years when we performed and loads of other gigs. Since then though I have expanded my collection.
Katie: My first Dr Martens were a pair of 1460 Classic boots in black when I was about 13. My dad bought them for me as a peace offering (spoiler alert: didn’t work) and they were 2 sizes too big! After a good few years of desperately trying to convince myself that they fit I ended up giving them to my really good friend who still wears them to this day.
Three tracks you’re listening to right now:

Charlie:
Formidable Cool – Wolf Alice
Clo Park – Superfood
Raspberry Beret – Prince

Katie:
Los Ageless – St Vincent
I’m a Kid – Jadu Heart
Machine – The Horrors

What’s the best thing about the city your live in?

Charlie: Norwich is a city which I find particularly creative and allows me to be so. Especially being surrounded by talented people and friends. It’s also a bangin’ city.
Katie: It’s cute and does/has everything I need it to.

What can we expect to see from Peach Club this year?
Charlie: The end of this year sees our second single release from our upcoming EP which we are super proud of.

As new artists on the Punk/DIY scene, what advice would you give to others trying to break into your industry?
Katie: Social media is your best friend, people will forget about you between shows if there is radio silence. Also, memes – the people love em.

And finally, what do you stand for?
Katie: Doing what you love and being who you are and not apologising for it (unless it’s offensive to marginalised people then definitely apologise for it)
Charlie: Being outspoken on issues which affect not only yourself but using your privilege to do the same for others.

Peach Club have already toured around the South playing a few shows in and around London and their hometown of Norwich. Catch them in Camden on November 30th at ‘Nova Twins Party’ Camden Assembly, London.

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Photo credit: Poppy Marriott.

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