Burning House’s catchy new single tackles questions of identity and happiness in a fuzzy alt-rock blaze, and while this “Peach” may not be sweet, it’s certainly savory.
It’s a testament to Burning House’s musical and emotional acuity that their songs can be so full of sound, and yet evoke such a raw, stripped-down intimacy. The emerging UK trio’s catchy new single tackles questions of identity and happiness in a fuzzy alt-rock blaze, and while this “Peach” may not be sweet, it’s certainly savory.
Got a Peach, Yeah
it doesn’t dissolve in water
and if could would it feel like
a stranger in the mirror
Got a peach, Yeah
Where once was brick and mortar
and though your house came tumbling down
she lived happily after
Listen: “Peach” – Burning House
Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Peach,” Burning House’s brand new song (independently out now)! Consisting of frontman/guitarist Aaron Mills, drummer Ash Babb, and bassist Patrick White, the Southampton indie band have been off and on for over seven years now – and while much of their earlier material is buried somewhere out in the internet’s nether reaches, Burning House (stylized “b u r n i n g h o u s e”) have consistently found homes within the shoegaze and alternative rock worlds. The band released their highly-anticipated and long-awaited debut EP Tracer in February 2018, and have wasted no time in building upon the record’s early success: “Peach,” with its fuzzy textures and many flavors, comes a mere 2.5 months after the band’s EP, making 2018 Burning House’s most exciting and possibly their most promising year yet.
Echoing the alternative sounds of REM, the pop stylings of Goo Goo Dolls, and the sheer vulnerability of Elliott Smith, “Peach” is an underground hit waiting to happen. The song finds Aaron Mills singing somberly about existence and purpose through heavy metaphor and equally dense instrumentation: Overdriven guitars and pounding drums bolster his proclamations as Burning House burrow into the depths of individuality and our personal quest for meaning.
The blue eyes clues
front page news
Caught a train fly a plane
it’s not what it seems like
“’Peach’ explores that feeling of impermanence and precariousness when we allow ourselves to fuse with another, often at the expense of our own identity,” Aaron Mills tells Atwood Magazine. “It also concerns the distant idea of happiness portrayed in holiday brochures and billboards, the kind that make happiness an impossible ideal…”
Got a peach, yeah
at least that’s what they’ve told me
and if you could I think you should
meet me in the morning
Got a peach, yeah
she looks like satan’s daughter
and when you’re good does she look like
an angel coming nearer
Perhaps “Peach” is littered in metaphor to avoid hurting those who are closest to us: Mills’ lyrics seem to struggle with the fact that his relationship tells a different story on the outside than it does within. “Got a peach, yeah… at least that’s what they’ve told me,” he sings in the second verse (above), working to reconcile his uncertainties with all that the external world is telling him, or rather pressuring him to feel.
I can see your bloody little fingers
and now, you look sad about the things to do with
sad about the things to do with us
Yet beyond this, “Peach” tells an even deeper tale of finding oneself through turbulence and turmoil. Mills’ wrought emotions evoke the personal pain from losing those we love in our journeys to find ourselves. “Peach” is a coming-of-age tale full of tension and strife that perfectly captures the side-effects of societal pressures on the individual. What better way to tell this story than through an infectiously uplifting, accessible alt-rock singalong?
Burning House have caught fire, and they’re running with the torch as fast as they can. “Peach” is the band’s brightest, boldest song yet, and we cannot wait for more from this Atwood artist to watch!
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