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- US press: Daniel Gill at Force Field PR
The Peep Tempel is a rock band from Melbourne, Australia. The band’s line-up includes Blake Scott (vocals, guitar), Steven Carter (drums) and Stewart Rayner (bass guitar). After releasing two 7-inch singles The Peep Tempel released their debut album The Peep Tempel in February 2012, an EP Modern Professional in June 2013 and their second album Tales in October 2014 through Melbourne label Wing Sing.
The Peep Tempel formed as a two-piece in late 2008 by songwriter and guitarist Blake Scott and drummer Steven Carter, who were neighbours at the time. The Peep Tempel recorded their self-titled debut studio album in 2011 as a three-piece with engineers Clinton Kraus and Anna Laverty at Sing Sing South recording studio in Melbourne. Longtime collaborator and engineer Matt Duffy played bass during the recording session. In late 2011 Stewart Rayner joined the band to play bass guitar and the band toured both in Australia and Europe as a three-piece during 2012. Their 2012 debut album received critical praise and was nominated in the category of Best Independent Hard Rock or Punk Album at the 2012 AIR Independent Music Awards.
Not until the release of their sophomore album in 2014, Tales, that followed The Peep Tempel’s 2013 EP Modern Professional, did the band capture a widespread Australian audience. The band recorded Tales in 2012, again with engineers Clinton Kraus and Anna Laverty at Sing Sing South recording studio in Melbourne. The album featured their breakthrough song “Carol” and was described as not only a near-perfect punk record, but a brutal look at contemporary suburban Australia. The album received widespread critical-acclaim throughout Australia. Tales was shortlisted for the 2014 Australian Music Prize (Total Control, Blank Realm, Chet Faker, C. W. Stoneking) and nominated in the category of Best Independent Hard Rock, Heavy or Punk Album at the 2015 AIR Independent Music Awards. Their song “Carol” was shortlisted for the 2014 Song of the Year APRA Awards (AC/DC, Sia, Courtney Barnett, Chet Faker) and nominated in the category of Best Song at the 2015 The Age Music Victoria Awards.
At the heart of The Peep Tempel’s music is storytelling. The characters in each song are rendered so viscerally and vividly by vocalist and guitarist Blake Scott that it is really more than just a listening experience, it’s theatrical, evocative and quite mood-altering. Blake Scott’s ability to personify different characters from song to song using his voice, along with the band’s rhythm section and off-kilter guitar sound, creates music that pounds, lurches and staggers around creating a perfect backdrop for each story explored through song.
The Peep Tempel have earned a reputation as one of Australia’s most powerful and respected live acts, their performances has been described as both energetic and scabrous in equal doses. Testament to the band’s live reputation, was their nomination for Best Band and Best Live Band at the 2015 The Age Music Victoria Awards.
During the previous Australian summer The Peep Tempel wrote their third album in their West Melbourne studio and again collaborated with engineer Anna Laverty (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Courtney Barnett), to record and mix the album at Sing Sing Studios.
Wing Sing will release the third The Peep Tempel album, Joy, worldwide on October 14 through Redeye Worldwide.
For more information head to www.wingsing.co
The Peep Tempel
Street Date: Oct 14, 2016
Formats: LP, CD & Digital
3. We You Forgot
6. Don’t Race
9. Go Slow
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