As a child, Adam Green loved mathematics.
In his teens, he became interested in the occult, particularly
Satanism. At the age of 19, he became acquainted with a volunteer
minister named Eldar who took him under his wing. Eldar, who was an
alchemist in many ways, asked Geoff Travis(the owner of Rough Trade
Records) to provide him with funding to put together a hard hitting
Satanist boy/girl group. Travis, already impressed with Eldar’s success
with The Strokes, was all too eager to dish out the cash. Now that the
money was coming in, Eldar began to form the band. He teamed Green up
with Kimya Dawson. As a child Kimya sang her devil music to the good
catholic kids in school, but her only previous experience in the
"business" was singing subliminal satanic backup vocals for young
Hellraisers Ben Kweller and the Bay Area Bad Boys known more commonly
as Third Eye Blind.
After teaching Adam and Kimya the
songs, Eldar brought in four new musicians to add textures and to fill
out the sound. Most of them were exotic male models who had recently
left their agencies. With the exception of Jack Dishel, Strictly Beats,
Toby Goodshank, and Steven Mertens, none of them had ever played
musical instruments before, especially Steven. Jack, known mostly for
his tender listmaking, was also trained in quantum-enthusiasm and was
called away from his vittles ranch in NYC to gently play sweetly with
the band. Beats, responsible for the "I'm with stupid--->" shirts,
and Mertens, responsible for the "<---I'm with stupid" shirts, used
blindingly complex rhythms to express the anger they felt towards each
other, accidently weaving a delicate web of spiderlike understanding.
Goodshank, on the other hand, had to be pulled from the soccer field
kicking and screaming and is still, to this day, in a permanent state
of drug induced compliance. Eldar and Travis agreed on the bandname
"The Moldy Peaches," and then they were off to the studio.
Working long hours in a Chelsea dance
rehearsal space learning routines, was hard, but it paid off when their
single, and favorite song, "Who's got the crack?" hit the top of the UK
indie charts. With the help of master choreographer David Scheid, who
had worked with such greats as Mike Watt and J Mascis and whose top
selling home video, "D.S.'s Breaking and Popping" came out 3 months
before Alfonso's from Silver Spoons did in 1984, they learned how to
really backlight their strengths. After a long and successful tour with
The Strokes in arenas across Europe and America Eldar, passed the baton
to Juliet "you do the math" Joslin, and now it looks like The Moldy
Peaches are unstoppable.
Their newest single, "county
fair/rainbows" was released in April, they just finished an acoustic
tour with Tenacious D, and a six week European tour with Joie Dead
Blonde Girlfriend will kick off an exciting summer. Word has it that
even a music video has been made. Yay Peaches!
Be sure to keep abreast of all six Moldy Peaches' other projects as well by
checking out their individual pages on the website!
For more information, contact Steven Trachtenbroit @ Big Hassle Media