A friend of mine, Ellen, sent me a Facebook link for a band I’d never heard of. Ellen likes elaborate folk and clever classical stuff but we’ve been friends for long enough that I trust her taste when she’s sharing.
The track she shared was for a band called Peaness. I can’t decide whether that is the most terrible name for a band or the most brilliant. But, it simply doesn’t matter when the music is as good as this. Yes, I’m a sucker for the slightly punky indie tweenage pop of ‘Fortune Favours The Bold’. I’ve listened to it on Soundcloud about a dozen times this evening. And I’ll probably do the same again tomorrow.
At its heart, this is a song about doing things differently and getting away from it all. It’s about enjoying your own company, choosing to take your own path and kicking back against routine. It might be about escaping from a limiting relationship or it might be about no longer wanting to confine yourself to your bedroom when there’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored.
Whatever, it’s hard not to feel invigorated as you let the perky Peaness harmonies in. It’s uplifting, motivating and guaranteed to raise a smile. This three piece from Chester have set the bar high with their first ever release and I can’t wait to see what they might do next.
“I taught Jess music when she was at school, they’ll be up for any coverage you might be able to give”, Ellen mentioned. Surely, it won’t be long before Peaness are picked up by bloggers and others across the world? For now, Ms Woodrow can congratulate herself on such fine teaching and talent spotting.
“I told you I loved you. You told me that’s exactly what you didn’t want me to do.”
And with that we’re off. There’s a momentum that’s building around Charlie Belle. It’s easy to see why when listening to their debut EP’s lead track, ‘Get To Know’.
Sonic Breakfast heads off into all sorts of other diversions but I’ll always come back to innocent indie-pop for a regular feast. I was no more than four bars into the shambolic shuffle of ‘Get To Know’ when I knew I’d need to feature Charlie Belle.
The cynical and jaded amongst us might sniff a con; it’s true that the level of recent press engagement with these new kids on the block might indicate that there’s big bucks behind their simplistic approach. But, to take such a guarded stance denies you the opportunity to enjoy the youthful optimism on offer. This is a song that helps me feel like a teenager again.
Austin based Charlie Belle are a trio. Sixteen year old vocalist and guitarist, Jendayi Bonds, is the eldest member. She formed the band six years ago with her younger brother, Gyasi, who plays drums. That sibling connection often seems important in bands of this ilk. The Magic Numbers might be an obvious reference point but there’s no beards or excess weight on offer here. Completing the three piece is fourteen year old bass player, Zoe Czarnecki.
Life presents so many opportunities. As we get older and more comfortable in the patterns we’ve learnt, our sense of curiosity can be stifled. We do the same things, meet the same people and get stuck into our own musical ruts. It’s well worth staying fresh and getting to know Charlie Belle today.