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Party of One: Peach Pit

At a time where staying connected is more important than ever, House of Solo has launched ‘Party of One’, a series providing intimate insight into how your favourite artists are dealing with isolation and what we can expect from them during lockdown. 

Next up in the series is Peach Pit, an indie band from Vancouver who know all too well the effects of COVID-19 on the music industry, having had their sold out UK tour in May postponed. However, it’s not all bad news, the group has just released their killer sophomore album You and Your Friends, a labour of love nearly a decade in the making. We caught up with lead guitarist Chris to chat about how each of the band members are coping during COVID-19 and who’s got the best pad for isolation. 

How are you guys?! How are you answering these questions? Is one band member taking each one or are you all working on them together on a video chat? 

We’re good! Today you’ve just got me (Chris) answering and I am typing away from my house with a hot cuppa jo!

Have any of you guys picked up some new hobbies during lockdown? 

Our shiny star of being productive during COVID is Peter who has started a huge-ass garden, started making sourdough, bought a bunny and custom built it a baller playhouse, and got married! I’ve developed a pretty heavy online poker addiction tho! ☺

So you guys used to be roommates but now live apart. Due to current circumstances do you wish this wasn’t the case? 

Great question, I think at the start of this thing I was happy to have space and not live in a shared house but now that I long for any sort of minor social interaction, yes, I miss those days like crazy. We’d probably be skateboarding and having barrel fires in our backyard every night if we still lived there.

How have you been communicating with each other? Have you been co-creating online?

I walk to Mikey’s apartment a few times a week and yell at him from the street while he stands on his balcony, and yes! been sending some demos back and forth with each other and hope to get back into the rhythm of writing as a group soon.

So, I saw Chris’s ‘Cribs’ video on instagram, his house looks like a pretty great place to be in lockdown, you’d at least get really good at shuffleboard. Who’s got the best set up in the band? 

Gosh you’re putting me in an awkward spot here, I mean no one else has a shuffleboard table or bidet so I might be winning quarantine for those two things alone.

You recently released your sophomore album You and Your Friends. Which song from the album deserves to be on everyone’s isolation playlist and why? 

The 5th track, “Camilla, I’m At Home” seems to have a timeliness to it as everyone is pretty much stoned, bored, and at home. But if we’re talking album favourites I’d have to say “Thursday” is a B-side banger and one of the songs I’m most proud of.

You guys did an AMA on Reddit a while back, what was your favourite question that you got asked and has your Reddit scrolling time increased since lockdown? 

Someone asked us if it would be cool if they proposed to their SO at one of our shows (and we said yes of course) but the fact someone wants to involve us in their engagement story is hilarious. I would only propose at a show if it was one of the all-time greats like Nickelback or something.

Can you each describe what lockdown has been like for you using a song? 

I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Hank Williams (Damn that’s a depressing answer, but such a good song!)

In a previous interview you said that two pretty big pastimes for the band is smoking weed and watching TV. Has this been true for lockdown? If so, what have you been watching? 

I mean…isn’t that America’s favourite pastime? (Sorry baseball) Last night I watched “No Direction Home” which is a Scorsese music doc about Bob Dylan. I just rewatched Scorsese’s George Harrison doc too, those movies are so friggin good.

As artists what have you missed most while in quarantine? 

As an artist, I don’t miss anything. This is such a good time to focus on creating and writing and for that I’m really liking quarantine. It’s the social side of me that’s missing out.

When all of this is over, what are you most excited to do with the rest of 2020? 

To grab my band boys and give them a 10 minute hug. Now that touch is forbidden it makes the idea of giving my guys a tight love squeeze all the more enticing.

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