So, as the Petersons oriented a Master on his voyage, the debonair musician’s sails began filling with a single minded determination to find his own voice, make his brand of music, and be heard from the bow of a ship on course for open water. Next stop London. A very to-the-point email from a friend saying “Audiogene needs you!” was all the convincing Peterson needed to sell all his possessions to fly and join the band as guitarist. A bold first unflinching advancement towards his ultimate goal, and the capital city presented the perfect opportunity to get closer to achieving it. Audiogene brought on a growth spurt for Peterson, cutting his teeth on the UK gig circuit with the band for 3 years.
It was at this time initial song ideas started sprouting, but these ideas needed to travel light, free from a band context, into what he saw as a wide open space as a solo artist. His band mates were right there encouraging him into it and subsequently followed to join his solo band. All were primed for his first appearance to an already hungry, established fanbase gathered from the former band. The release of ‘Strawberry Blonde EP’ followed and having attracted attention from XFM DJ, Marsha Shandur who declared “Strawberry Blonde has pop hit potential”, Peterson took heart. All this came as somewhat of an arrival for the kid that first picked up a guitar, but with the EP came a maturation and this was not the time to disembark.
Much work needed to be done if he were to make a bold statement with a debut LP, and now all responsibility fell at his feet. Like he was 15 years old again, working an after school job washing dishes to pay for a 4 track recorder, Peterson upgraded the recording equipment and took on the role of songwriter, producer, mix engineer and musician playing all the instruments, whilst continuing to work a day job with the homeless in London. The truth of what Peterson really has to offer is lost on the term singer-songwriter, which inadequately identifies all that the solo artist has become. The music’s vocabulary is electric alternative rock at it’s best, uttered in a way that four chords on an acoustic guitar just wouldn’t be able to speak. It’s when you encounter the man and his band live, that any such misconception is told to come down off the stage by a command of his Stratocaster in the first 4 bars.
Peterson’s winsome vocal melodies and continuum of silvery guitar hooks drive into your subconscious where they rest easy; laid back, but with upbeat rhythm enough to arise feeling fresh with you in the morning. As Cat Dal from XFM Live Guide puts it, “Last night’s gig… was stupendously glorious. The kinda music that should be a NHS prescription.” A vision of a record deal and a life immersed in music was bolstered after an early encounter with A&R, which occurred in the most unlikely setting at Peterson’s year 12 formal. Paid by schoolmates to entertain with an hour set of his choosing, he pulled together a last minute band, accompanied by his brother and a close friend.
With little time to prepare, the three piece assembled some rough and ready instrumental ideas, but carried out their charge with effortless charm, met by sweeping praise. Unexpected commendation in the form of a scribbled beer coaster message from an A&R lady at Mushroom Records read: “You were spectacular, I have to hear what you come up with when you add those promised lyrics, send them over!”. Having now delved 4 years deep into the writing and recording of a sophisticated and rather hefty 15 track debut album, entitled ‘Welcome To My House, Bumblebee’, Peterson is poised at the ready to court public attention for this well toiled over and compelling piece of delectable, shimmering alt-rock. The first single, ‘Where The River Meets The Sea’, is a thoroughly convincing and accurate lyrical opener for Peterson’s resolute musical journey; a voyage on which, no doubt, he will soon be joined by an armada. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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