It seems that the only music that sates me lately is the thrashing alternative and grunge rock of the 90’s. While I haven’t minded blasting my old favorites, I couldn’t help but start to feel like I need something new to throw into the mix. Thankfully I stumbled across Philly quartet Resilient’s newest album How to Peach. The album’s ten tracks are dripping with fizzy alt and grunge-inspired sounds that beg to be blasted at full volume.
How to Peach kicks off with a scream from singer Erin Fox before the crunchy guitars come in on album opener “Crickets.” The song is pure adrenaline and before you know it, you’re thrashing like no one’s watching. The track feels a bit like a Letters to Cleo / Hole collaboration which is just fine with me.
“Ceiling” brings things back down a bit, allowing you just a moment of reprieve. The foursome keeps it low key as far as instrumentation goes at the start of the track. This allows Fox’s vocals to shine brightly as they flow silky smooth over shimmering guitars. The build through the first 3 minutes of “Ceiling” is slow, feeling like a ballad until the chorus hits and the key is just off enough that Resilient’s signature grit shines through. “Ceiling” kicks into high gear for the last minute, unleashing the band’s alt rock power before fading away.
Resilient throws a little 70’s southern rock into the mix with “Comin Yer Way,” which is right up my alley. The guitars are beastly, the beat driving. This is a track that begs to be heard in a live setting. “The Duchess Act” starts with Alicia Dickerson’s driving bass line, giving the song a nice backbone to work off of. Again, Resilient keeps the instrumentations here pretty simple yet powerful, sleek and sexy. The track slinks along, building nicely to a guitar-driven finish that will have you going back for more again and again.
Resilient manage to craft a nostalgic yet fresh set of songs on How to Peach. There’s a solid mix of thrash until you collapse tracks mixed with low key songs that show off the band’s range. The band’s energy is palpable throughout and, as a listener, you can’t help but fall under their spell.