Jul 162010

Under the Radar shines a light on lesser-known cover artists. If you’re not listening to these folks, you should. Catch up on past installments here.

Quoting a Facebook comment in your press release is kind of lame. Unless that comment describes your sound as “Lori Anderson meets Austin Powers with back up from the Beach Boys and the Bangles.” In case, quote away! Misspellings notwithstanding (Laurie Anderson), you’re not going to write better PR copy than that.

That description of the Peptides is off in one way though: This Ottawa group has already released more material this summer than all those artists/pop-culture phenomena have in the past decade. They just dropped the brilliantly-titled For Those Who Hate Human Interaction, a 25-song three-act journey into hate. Apparently worried that a mere 25 songs could be viewed as slacking though, they simultaneously released a second album, North Hero, with 15 more. Forty songs at once, no big deal.

The Peptides have popped up on Cover Me before – we named an earlier recording one of the Best Covers of 2008 – but North Hero contains four new covers that more than justify a return.From the slow-burn “Don’t Fear the Reaper” to the slower-burn “Jealous Guy,” they infuse every moment with haunting beauty.

Each download comes with a terrific video, pairing the songs with some classic film footage. Plus, Cover Me checked in with singer Claude Marquis, who shared his thoughts on the new songs with us. Listen/read/watch below, and pay attention. You may see the Peptides back here sooner than you think… Continue reading »