That creative diversity makes the duo's self-titled disc an unclassifiable mix of pop, rock and ballads influenced by everyone from Janis Joplin to the Beatles, from Blondie to the Police. Songs like "Misery" have an edgy frantic vibe, while the light folk of "Missin' LA" show a sweeter side. Meanwhile, the twisted kiss-off ballad "Thank You" is the kind of song Tori Amos or Alanis Morissette wish they wrote. "Our favorite band of all time is the Beatles. They always had so many different kinds of styles, but they always stayed within the pop genre," says Dohemann.
"We want that to happen with every album." Using that smart songwriting and alternative pop know-how as a foundation, the girls' have defined their roles in the band. "I bring the meat and potatoes. I bring the funk and the soul," says Osborn. "I write story songs.
You can tell which songs I write, because they lyrically have a beginning, middle, and end." Megan also brings a strong stage presence--and not just because of her tattoos and outgoing nature. "I have the big voice," she laughs. "They call me Broadway because I have such a big voice. I wanted to be on Broadway for so long, but then I realized I couldn't act." Chelsea, who served as the leader of a women's octet group in high school, puts together the melodies and make sure everyone is on pitch -- or else. "We lovingly call her the Pitch Nazi," says Osborn, "but she taught me how to work with somebody and make harmonies work." "And I learned how to be lyrically impeccable.
I was the shittiest lyricist before I met Megan," says Dohemann. "And now with our forces combined, we don't write cheesy lyrics and we sing harmonically." The combo was potent from the very beginning. Peech's first show was actually held in the hallway of their Chico dorm. They went on to win local musical competitions and Chelsea nearly failed out of school during their Sophomore year because they spent so much time writing and working on the original music that would make up their debut album. Both Chelsea and Megan were studying music business at Chico and by their Junior year, their mentor introduced them to Unison Music where they split time between L.A.
and Chico to record their debut disc while finishing school. The time in the studio showed the two how to broaden their musical horizons. "We take a lot of pride in being able to write about a lot of different subjects. All of our songs aren't about guys or love," says Dohemann. "Before we were writing from inside looking out, but now we're outside looking in, seeing things from a bigger perspective." It's all on the debut disc--happiness, anger, love, hate and more.
Chelsea and Megan have taken their unique relationship and used it to put their emotions on the line. On the eve of their debut disc's release, the Peech girls even got up-close and personal with their growing fan base with an inaugural West Coast tour. Drawing their biggest audiences yet, Chelsea and Megan got a taste of how it feels to connect with more and more people through their music. And when fans give that back, it's the ultimate reward. "If people respond to it, like cry or get really angry, just have an emotion, I feel like 'awesome, we touched someone,'" says Osborn. "Yeah, if we were playing a show and I saw somebody in the audience who was right there with us, singing all of the words," adds Dohemann, "that would be amazing." "We would start balling," laughs Osborn.
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