Peach Fur consisting of Denny Hilder on vocals, Ben Crichton on lead guitar, Liam Ward on bass and Mikey Woodworth on drums, mixes the delectable flavour’s of rock ‘n’ roll brewed with a funky fusion of reggae & psych surf vibes. These Gold Coast boys have had their hands full playing festivals such as Shakafest, OzFest, Bleach Festival, Bohemian Beat Freaks, Rabbits Eats Lettuce, Hey Sunshine Festival plus supporting a diverse range of bands such as The Beautiful Girls, British India, The Belligerents, Bootleg Rascal plus many more.
Peach Fur has made waves up and down the coast, selling out shows and leaving impressions on everyone whose heard them play their funky psych jams. Check out our below interview for an insight into what they're all about and keep an eye out for these legendary bunch of lads at Rainbow Revolution!
1) So, we think you guys have some pretty excellent outfit choices going on. Where do you buy your clothes from? What's the inspiration behind your style?
Aww thank you guys! Straight from the thrift shop, inspiration - Macklemore
2) How have you seen the music scene on the Gold Coast change over the past few years?
Since we started in 2014 we’ve seen such a great amount of talent to come out of the Goldy. All of us were pretty much 16 when we started (except Bass Papa Li Lamb) so we didn’t get to experience much of a ‘music scene’ till we were like 18 when we could go out and see all other bands. Although there’s constantly waves of wicked acts to emerge from the GC, the coast is pretty scarce of regular local live music venues and a couple of them are potentially shutting down. We may start to see some change soon!
3) We hear you're fans of Pink Floyd. What is it about that era and style of music that appeals to you the most?
Floyd fans we are indeed! We soak up a lot of inspiration from their melodic riffs and sporadic drum fills. I feel the 60s and 70s era had a sense of freedom like there was no commercial pressure restraining the flow of creating music, unlike most radio music has today.
4) The three of you were mates from school, but you met the fourth member of the band, your bassist Liam, on Stradbroke Island. What's the story there?
Funny story actually. Liam couldn’t speak much english when we first met him, he spoke in his native island tongue of ‘Stradbrokian’ (Southern dialect). We were exploring Straddy one day, on the beach when we started to hear these real strange sounds from a distance of what sounded like a human/bird hybrid going “squaaaanch” and slobbery “skwa skwaaaa’s". We then found Liam (Liambulance the III) going absolutely ham on a tree of peaches whilst hanging off one of the branches. We go to approach the furry species, when we all of sudden see a crocodile crawl from out of the water right near where Liam was. Benny, Mikey and I look at each other and instinctively start to slowly approach the reptilian creature from the side.. once close enough, we all jump on it at the same time and started wrestling the 6ft monster.. ‘WAM’ ‘russell’ ‘CRIKEY MIKEY!’. Then the croc takes a bite out of Mikey’s big toe nail!! “Skwaaaaat” then Liam comes to the rescue with a out of this world fly kick, knocking the beast unconscious. We’ve all been best friends pretty much ever since.
5) Do you think growing up by the beach has had an impact on the type of music you create? If you lived in a city, would it be different?
I do believe your environment can be an influence on the music you create for sure. Although I think the biggest influence is one’s personal music taste, which I think isn’t necessarily determined by location.
6) Lastly, we love your EP, 'Doreen Drive' you released a few months back. Do you have any new music you're going to bring to the stage for Rainbow Revolution?
Perhaps we may have a new lil doozy for y’all, we’ll have to wait and see!
If you want to get amongst the psychedelia that is Peach Fur come along to Rainbow Revolution at Miami Marketta on the 28th September. Tickets available here.