Right About Now

The Peepshows

Sidekicks Records, 1999


REVIEW BY: Chris Harlow


Life somehow seems to unveil silver linings under the strangest of circumstances. For instance, back in January, I placed an order with a favorite online music store of mine in the Scandanavian reaches that was very top heavy in recordings by Örebro, Sweden's punk/garage act, the Peepshows. There are a couple of reasons for this that I won't attempt to bore everyone with, but fundamentally, I knew the Peepshows had a history worth checking out that exceeded the handful of releases that were already in my collection.

Back to the story. It's now May and I still haven't received my order, which has recently caused me to dig into my collection and play the albums I do have to the point of ad nauseum. Now, I'll attempt to begin recreating the Peepshows history by revisiting the band's first EP, my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Right About Now.

Dual guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, with a lineup put together in the traditional sense, had this Swedish quartet laying down seven tracks in conventional two to three minute romps befitting the biting punk rock style and dark rooted urgency that the band's Norwegian neighbors, Turbonegro, perfected with their then recent release, Ass Cobra .

While the opening riffs of "Sometime-O-Time" define this claim, they loop themselves in just enough of a distinctive fashion to give the track its own cache and avoid the claim of being merely a duped Turbonegro effort. The guitar tone throughout this album borders on death punk, but singer Adde Wolfbrandt, aka Addey'O, doesn't attempt to mirror the same sinister vocal pitch as Hank von Helvete.

For some folks, Right About Now might be categorized as an action rock album set to guitar tones that are just heavy enough to avoid comparisons to the Detroit action rock scene of the 1970's. The title track and "Dirty Motherfucker" are songs that subtly develop the loosely crafted guitar solos that might give this action rock definition credence, but I'm still of the opinion that Right About Now is an album on an upbeat punk mission first before it decides to dance into the hybrid definition of punk n' roll.

Interestingly, I can now see where the Peepshows paved the way for their neighbors, the Hives, to capture fleeting success with the chorus that catapulted their 2000 recording "Hate to Say I Told You So" up the charts with their track, "I Don't Wanna." After hearing this track, maybe the Peepshows should have "wanna'd" a bit more, if you catch my drift.

So, in conclusion, I've heaped praise on every Turbonegro album I've reviewed in the past as well as affixed myself with being known as an action rock fan. Right About Now is an EP that only serves to deepen my interest in these genres and is an initial effort that was well done. Credit the botched courier service for forcing me to focus on listening to the Peepshows releases I do have and not the ones I don't, as I wrongfully thought the that newer material might be the better place to start in building my assessment of the band.

Rating: B+

User Rating: Not Yet Rated



© 2004 Chris Harlow and The Daily Vault. All rights reserved. Review or any portion may not be reproduced without written permission. Cover art is the intellectual property of Sidekicks Records, and is used for informational purposes only.