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Unearthed Reviews: Renegade Peacock. Two stars

By 20 May 2013 4

Renegade Peacock

Life is like an Unearthed Review.

Someone who really isn’t qualified to make judgments on you ends up being a jerk to you.

That unqualified jerk is me, and the poor undeserving punter whom I will be mean to is Renegade Peacock.

Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

They didn’t fill their BIO in, but seeing as the user reviews appear to be written by the band’s girlfriends (or possibly the band while wearing wigs) let’s just use some of the quotes from there as a bio.

raddest song ever

Awesome. AIC if they were a new band now

Awesome driving song! Harmonies in the chorus take this track to a whole other level. Looking forward to seeing you guys live again soon!

This song blows my mind. Amazing!

Best!! BEST!! Love this song, love this band, LOOOOVE The Peacock!

So good!

Really love the chorus and the explosive ending

These guys are fantastic! Every song makes me move! :)

Here’s what I have to say about Renegade Peacock:

Yawn.

This is grungy rock created out of a manual and it is exactly as raw and edgy as that sentence makes it sound. There is nothing wrong with it, but there is nothing right either. The singer can sing, the instrumentalists can play, and the music is fine. The songs make sense, the lyrics do their job, and the world keeps turning. They’ve ticked all the boxes. They are a band, they are playing rock, the mic is plugged in. If that’s all you need, congratulations! You can stop reading this review here, I’ve found you another band to listen to.

But it sounds like a million bands that can come before.

It sounds like something very safe pretending it’s dangerous.

They’ve put three tracks up and each sounds more generic than the one that comes after it, and the one that comes before it. I know that doesn’t make sense but somehow it’s still true.

It’s amazing. It doesn’t matter what order you actually play the songs in either. No matter how you listen to it, you’ll swear that the song you’re currently listening to is the safest most generic rock song you’ve ever heard, only to swear that again when the next track plays.

“This can’t be right!” You’ll say, “One of these songs must be the most generic!” and you’ll dive back into your research.

Eventually you’ll realise the trick. All three of the available songs are in fact the single same song and you’ve wasted far too much of your afternoon listening to it.

Two stars.

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4 Responses to Unearthed Reviews: Renegade Peacock. Two stars
#1
bundah11:29 pm, 21 May 13

Wow Barcho i didn’t realise you were so critical Renegade Peacock are fantastic live and the musicians in the band are all quite excellent. Have you considered checking out some of the bands live before reviewing their recordings. Who knows you might even have a different perspective.

#2
WnR9:35 am, 22 May 13

bundah said :

Wow Barcho i didn’t realise you were so critical Renegade Peacock are fantastic live and the musicians in the band are all quite excellent. Have you considered checking out some of the bands live before reviewing their recordings. Who knows you might even have a different perspective.

+1

#3
Barcham10:06 am, 22 May 13

bundah said :

Wow Barcho i didn’t realise you were so critical Renegade Peacock are fantastic live and the musicians in the band are all quite excellent. Have you considered checking out some of the bands live before reviewing their recordings. Who knows you might even have a different perspective.

I’m sure they are.

It would be lovely to be able to check out all these bands live and review the shows. I tend to find that seeing a band live can give you a whole different view on their music, and more than once I’ve found that my opinion of an artist can change entirely just by seeing them instead of hearing them, like in hearing I’d only gotten half the product and now that I’ve had the whole thing I can really get into it.

Alas, that’s not really possible. In Unearthed Reviews I review the material they’ve put up.

I agree that the musicians can play quite well, it’s just that they’ve played three boring songs quite well, which doesn’t work for me.

I’d rather hear one interesting song played poorly.

Still if I come across the chance to see them live I will certainly check it out.

#4
bundah10:27 am, 22 May 13

Barcham said :

bundah said :

Wow Barcho i didn’t realise you were so critical Renegade Peacock are fantastic live and the musicians in the band are all quite excellent. Have you considered checking out some of the bands live before reviewing their recordings. Who knows you might even have a different perspective.

I’m sure they are.

It would be lovely to be able to check out all these bands live and review the shows. I tend to find that seeing a band live can give you a whole different view on their music, and more than once I’ve found that my opinion of an artist can change entirely just by seeing them instead of hearing them, like in hearing I’d only gotten half the product and now that I’ve had the whole thing I can really get into it.

Alas, that’s not really possible. In Unearthed Reviews I review the material they’ve put up.

I agree that the musicians can play quite well, it’s just that they’ve played three boring songs quite well, which doesn’t work for me.

I’d rather hear one interesting song played poorly.

Still if I come across the chance to see them live I will certainly check it out.

Having seen many hundreds of live acts of various genres covering the whole spectrum ie international,ozzie/local over the last 40 years as well as managing a band in the late seventies i believe i can spot a good band when i see/hear one.

Sure musical tastes differ from person to person and that will colour their opinion when reviewing music.I don’t know what you’re into musically but it does appear to me that Renegade Peacock’s style of music is really not up your alley and you consider you’ve heard it all before so it’s somewhat of a yawn for you,at least.

Personally i much prefer a tight polished in your face sound to an ostensibly interesting song played poorly.IMO Renegade Peacock is an excellent Canberra band who deserved far more credit that you gave them.

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