“You and Your Friends” is the album we needed during quarantine.
Peach Pit released their new 12-song album April 3, and it has been long awaited. “You and Your Friends” showcases a mix of themes including songs about loneliness, uplift and confusion.
The three pre-released tracks, “Shampoo Bottles,” “Feelin’ Low (F*ckboy Blues)” and “Black Licorice,” excited fans and alternative rock buffs for the full release. These songs are all so different in arrangement, but they carry the same Peach Pit vibe that everyone loves and knows all the way through.
“Shampoo Bottles” and “Figure 8” are two solid hits on the album that have similar vibes and composition. The isolated guitar riffs and catchy drum beats make these songs perfect for hanging out in the sun. During a time of isolation, these tracks will help distract people from their loneliness.
The shining track on the record is “Black Licorice.” The guitar and vocals are well balanced and beautifully weaved together. The combination of acoustic strumming and electric slides make for a catchy track that can be played on repeat all summer long.
The simple lyrics explore the feeling of being black licorice “left in the bowl” and being unwanted. These few lines of lyrics are repeated throughout most of the song, but it adds to the catchiness. “Black Licorice” showcases this Peach Pit’s instrumental togetherness and timing better than any other on the record.
“Puppy Grin” and “Thursday” have some clever lyrics and fun beats, but the heavy electric guitar during the chorus of both of these songs cloud the words. The guitar and symbol crashes could be a little cleaner on both of these tracks. With these critiques, the songs got lost in the album and aren’t as solid as some of the other ones.
“You and Your Friends,” “Puppy Grin” and “Thursday” are on the album for the punk rock lovers. The instrumentals are more aggressive in this group of songs than the rest of the album.
“Brian’s Movie” showcases well-crafted strumming patterns with powerful cuts and breaks. This track highlights the beauty of the instruments being played through simplicity and clean technique. The ultimate place to listen to “Brian’s Movie” is in the car with the windows down or laying in the green grass in the backyard.
“Camila, I’m at Home” is a groovy, slower hit that puts the listener in a trance with its synth-like guitar groove that repeats throughout the song. Lyrically, this song discusses distant love and lacking motivation to pursue relationships even though the want is clearly there.
Lazy love is a theme that is explained right from the start of the song when they sing, “Just staring at my phone for you to write / I'm laying singled in my bed.”
The clean, hard bass lines on “Brian’s Movie” and “Camila, I’m at Home” make these songs easy to listen to and makes these songs able to fit into any playlist.
Peach Pit’s lyrics tend to be a bit depressing while sounding catchy and uplifting, like in “Figure 8” and “Black Licorice.” This lyric concept is a theme that follows indie rock, but this band’s way of crafting a mix of feelings is unique.
Overall, “You and Your Friends” proved to be a solid release for Peach Pit with minor complaint. The album was lacking in lyric variety and storytelling, but the guitar and drum patterns were masterfully composed throughout the record. The Peach Pit vibe came through with this group of songs, and it was easy to tell that the group had fun putting this together and jamming as a band.