The Peppermint Beat Band – Folk / Rock
Published On May 30, 2012 | Music & Nightlife Features
A five-piece from Brighton via Northampton and Switzerland, The Peppermint Beat Band were founded by brothers William Yates (singer) and Nicholas Yates (guitarist) in 2010.
With line-up completed by organist Oliver Patrice Weder, bassist Alec Nash and drummer Martyn Lillyman, they make an exciting blend of rootsy folk rock and psychedelia, with a whorl of vertiginous guitar sounds, organ swirls and harmonies.
Influences are diverse, from The Bees and Sly Stone to Curtis Mayfield and The Doors but it’s not about looking back, their propulsive grooves and Arcadian folk align them to the current ‘head’ scene led by Toy and the indie folk milieu of Fleet Foxes and Devendra Bandhart respectively.
Having headlined a tent at Brighton’s Playgroup Festival last year and a main stage performance at Scotland’s Eden Festival, they also took part in the El Collectivo arts festival in Madrid and supported Mani from The Stone Roses.
Their 2011 EP The Cold Room Sessions, meanwhile, was recorded in Oxford with former Ride singer turned ace producer Mark Gardener, and had MOJO magazine gushing about their “acid spiked pop.”