Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark C. Austin
To be succinctly vague, Peekaboo Theory is dope, and we've enjoyed seeing them progress for the better part of the two years we've known about them. To be a little more music-journo douchey about it: the electronic prog-rockers' mix of streaky, digitized soundscapes and wan vocals, combined with a seemingly reclusive nature and general disinterest in playing anything that isn't perfectly Peekabooian (we totally just made that up, by the way), have nourished the type of organic fan base long careers are founded on.
The Houston quintet's next (and long-awaited) LP is slated to be released next month, so we were pumped when we were (finally) able to get the guys to sit still long enough to answer a few of our questions and add them to Rocks Off's ever-growing stable of (somewhat) undiscovered artists.
We've become the Swishahouse of Houston-specific music journalism, with a slightly lower mortality rate. (We kid, we kid.) After the jump, read about what exactly a Peekaboo Theory is, why they may be the Larry Bird of rock bands, and details regarding their own private venue and upcoming album.
Rocks Off: We always start with the same basic question: How, when, and why did you all form?
Peekaboo Theory: For the most part, I think we all formed inside our mother's womb. How? I can't fully explain it, we're not scientists. Why? Probably 'cause our parents were caught in the moment and our dads decided it'd be a good idea to go ahead and fire the missile with no net; pretty sure about that.
RO: We appreciate your style, sirs. So what exactly is the Peekaboo Theory? We have a feeling it's either going to be something really, really dope, or something really, really lame.
PT: Lame, everything is lame. [We] wear short-sleeve shirts under long-sleeve shirts under short sleeve shirts. Peekaboo Theory is something you wake up and having morning coffee with. You drive down the highway and see it on a billboard. It's the guy on the radio telling you all the newest breakthroughs in music. Somehow they all happened in 1994.
HP: For some reason, the beginning of "We're Still in Love" is very appealing sonically. It seems to come at you all at once. It feels very primal. That's not really a question, we suppose, but we thought it should be mentioned.
PT: For some reason... yeah. That song really is a traveling experience for [us]. [We're] never really on Earth anymore.
HP: You don't look like the typical rock band. Do people ever come up to you all after a show and make brainless Lenny Kravitz or Saul Williams comparisons the way they compare all white basketball players to Larry Bird? How lame is that?
PT: The first name of our group was actually In Living Bone Brains Party TV Against the Machine. It was pure Miami Bass. Old school, yeah. Every instrument was an 808 overlapping another 808 with 808's panned on each corner for extra 808ness. But to answer your question, yes. If any band has a member of color, we must sound like them, right? Occasionally though, we'll find someone who thinks a little more linear.
HP: Makes sense. And because we're nothing if not hypocritical, what's with the Rage Against The Machine knock-off "Slave Trade"? We kept waiting for someone to start rock-rapping about some political nonsense we could pretend to care about.
PT: [Copy + Paste]... Occasionally though, we'll find someone who thinks a little more linear.
HP: Point made. Anything of interest that you feel needs to be mentioned? Maybe some type of humanizing aspect to the band? Or maybe a really interesting story?
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PT: Our album, Sy~3nc3 & Pr( )gr@m5(Science and Programs), will be released first thing next year, finally. It was recorded, mixed, [and] mastered here in Houston at Sugar Hill Studios and Essential Sound. We're very excited about it.
We just got a new rehearsal space we call Analogue; it's been a perfect setting for us to rehearse and invite friends for parties. We will be playing the Underground House Movement @ Analogue on Jan 3 as part of our album release month. Check our Web Site. It's progressing rapidly. We've put in a lot of hard work these past few months in order to keep things constantly moving.
We're still working independently. A few have tried to jump the train, but couldn't keep a grip and slid under the tracks, or they're somewhere hiding in the trenches; whatever that means. That's pretty humanizing, I guess. - Shea Serrano
See Peekaboo Theory on Dec. 20th at the band's Analogue rehearsal space (2010 Commerce) for $10. Contact them at email@example.com. Because they were greedy with their MP3s, you'll have to visit www.peekabootheory.com or the inevitable MySpace page to give them a listen. The album is already up on iTunes, so give that a go too.