I had a chance to catch up with Peaches while she was in town for her HMV appearance. Peaches’ album Rub is came out on Friday (September 25) and contains post gender topics. Here’s what Peaches had to say.
“Yeah, I like to call it the post-gender/post-age album because…I’ve championed these issues for so long and I like to believe that. I like to idealize that this is a new era of it. That it’s like beyond that. It’s not completely true, but I like to call it that.”
I recently watched the music video for “Dick in the Air” and as I was watching it I thought about Broad City. You had a tweet that mentioned Broad City. How do you feel about that show? Do you think that it’s been influenced by you?
“I love that show and if it’s influenced by me I’ll cry tears of joy. Do you like Broad City?”
I love Broad City. You have recorded music videos for each song on your album. You cite [Alejandro] Jodorowsky as an influence for the title track “Rub” [in the context of its music video]. What other influences do you have, be it playwright, actor, director?
“I’m actually influenced by female comedians right now, especially the older female comedians are really kicking ass. They’re really using a feminist platform, but not in a sort of way that you’re used to women just talking about their period or whatever. They’re telling it like it is and giving it back in a really smart and cutting way.”
What are your current female influences?
“Those. All the Amys: Amy Schumer; Amy Pohler; Amy Sedaris; Natasha Leggero; Tina Fey.”
What motivated you, after this six year break from making albums–because I know you’ve done L’Orfeo…
“Yeah, I had to take six months off and learn Italian phonetics and melodies for opera. I also made Peaches Does Herself, which was a musical that turned into a movie, and then I became a movie director, and it was in [around] seventy festivals, and so I did a lot of Q&A in different cities around the world. I also produced an all girl band call Go Chic. I also did a bunch of stuff. I always wanted to make another album but I had done four and toured for two years of each album, so I kinda wanted to do other projects and then come back to it with a fresh start.”
Now, with your albums, a lot of people expect the unexpected and they really want to know how you up the ante. How did you do it with Rub?
“I think I have done it [by] just bringing it how I want to bring it. Through the lyrics and through the videos.”
You’ve worked with Kim Gordon for the song “Close Up,” I was wondering if, for the music video, you used a stunt double or if that was actually you.
“Awww! You found me out. It was a stunt double. Stunt double who was also a pole dancer.”
I’m curious. There’s this one interview you did…and it [had this Australian themed item] that you were being cryptic to the interviewer about. Was it a didgeridoo?
A didgeridon’t! Okay. What I want to ask now…is about your ten year stint as a drama instructor…
“Yeah, I developed my own program. It was out of necessity–I was teaching in a daycare and it was very boring. I used my guitar and I brought kids together and I would tell stories and they would act them out and it worked because it’s what kids liked to do and I would develop it with songs about learning different things. I started teaching in different schools and so I was kinda like the Julie Andrews of drama and music for small children and I would go to different schools and different afterschool programs and develop my own. I did that for ten years while I was developing music at night.”
In interviews you say to “be yourself,” [as] that’s how to get over things, but how would you advise your students or anyone else about how to deal with stage fright?
“You just have to do it. Go through it. Go through the painfulness of it, like you’re doing your first interview–it’s painful for you.”
“Yeah, and you have to go through it, right?”
Truly. Since you’re an instructor, have any of your students come up to you after all these years and say “You’re my instructor and that’s cool. I was inspired by you.”
“Yeah, I’ve had students that have been like “You’ve inspired me twice.” You’ve inspired me as a small child to be creative and–actually, one girl told me that…she remembers me giving her a guitar pick and then she learned how to play guitar because of that and then they saw a Peaches show again and then they said they were inspired a second time, so two rounds. It’s pretty good.”
In the states recently, same-sex marriage was legalized…and people now are exploring their sexualities a bit more. With that, I’m sure there is a new generation of Peaches fans that are going to be at your shows. How do you feel about that?
“Fantastic. Bring it on. More fans.”
You got the name Peaches from a Nina Simone song. I’m wondering: If you could go back and do it all over again…
“Do what all over again? Pick a name?”
Yes. Would you have named yourself something else?
My final question is what’s the next chapter in the life of Peaches?
“Tour my brains out. I’m just really excited to get on the road and enjoy this new album and enjoy playing life because I love to do it.”