Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A Lusty Proposition

Merrill Nisker, better known as Peaches has been tossing out her brand of experimental, indie electro-rock for five years now. Some would say she tries to push the envelope with her overtly sexual lyrics, but what she really does is nuke the envelope without looking back.
It all started in 2001 when she released "The Teaches of Peaches," led by the single "Fuck the Pain Away." I mean, just the title of that track makes me laugh. Other songs included "AA XXX," "Diddle My Skittle," and "Lovertits." She caused even more of a stir with 2003's "Fatherfucker," by simply changing the gender of a common expletive. The songs on this album were even more witty, inventive, and catchy.
Last month, Peaches released her third LP, "Impeach My Bush," this time adding politics into the rebellious mix. For the last stop on her tour behind this album, she stopped in Salt Lake City, and I wasn't about to miss the freak show.

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She emerged wearing a silver bustier with a sequined hood and singing "Tent in Your Pants." She worked her way through the show, including tracks from all three albums. Along the way, she shedded the bustier to reveal a glittery hot pink space bikini. She also did her fair share of stage dives and even ran through the crowd to jump on top of the bar to sing "Rock the Shocker." By the end of the night, she was down to a black bikini, but still jumping and singing with all she had, making sure the crowd obeyed her every command.
Her band included JD Samson, of Le Tigre, and Samantha Maloney, former drummer for Hole. As a fan of both bands, it was great to see them on stage with Peaches. The whole show was amazing, and Peaches was definitely one of the most high-energy performers I've ever seen.

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