Concert Reviews

Peaches at Summit Music Hall, 10/13/12


With champagne, campy German dancers and enough fake boobs to smother an elephant, Peaches' show at the Summit was a roofied cocktail of grimy beats and erotic theater. Putting on a show that was both grand in scope yet refreshingly minimal in its DIY simplicity, the queer, electro-punk goddess offered up a ninety minute set that put to shame the million dollar operations of today's top rated DJs, giving the audience a primal does of 21st century punk rock. Like a hologram Grace Jones fronting Gwar before a live Victorian orgy, the show left us all a little pulled inside out.

See also: - Peaches on Pussy Riot: "If I lived in Russia, that could've been me." - boyhollow on his five favorite Lipgloss guest DJs - Brennen Bryarly goes Into the Night as option4 - Q&A with DJ Narky Stares

Following very strong sets by local DJs Option4, Narky Stares and Teena Pizza, Liplgoss's boyhollow contributed his characteristic Britpop flavor to the mix, giving everyone some warmup cardio with his closer of Underworld's "Born Slippy .NUXX." The Trainspotting track would have made an excellent segue to the introduction of Peaches -- which was seemingly her intent, though a technical malfunction sent some dead air between the two songs. Yet this is the advantage of a low-budget operation like a Peaches concert: Despite the mind-blowing music and the costume changing dancers, the whole thing is delightfully down-to-earth, like you could just as easily be witnessing it in a punk house basement.

Like a mashup of a child's music box and a Voodoo exorcism, Peaches opened her set with a cover of Pink Floyd's "Great Gig in the Sky," a song she collaborated with the Flaming Lips on during the band's full length revision of Dark Side of the Moon in 2010. Sporting a giant set of nylon shoulder pads covered in perky breasts of various sizes, Peaches appeared as a cross between a Mad Max villain and Benicio Del Toro in the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas adrenochrome scene, as she stood on top the table, belting out the gibberish of a forty year old classic rock song. "Good morning everybody," she said, closing out the melodic tune and switching to the gut-rumbling beats of "Serpentine."

As promised in last week's interview, Peaches was accompanied on stage by two female dancers, who went through an impressive number of costume changes throughout the night. Smoking cigarettes behind smoke-black sunglasses, the two dancers provided an extra level of camp erotica to the show, arousing the crowd with a sexual comedy.

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Josiah M. Hesse
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