The last fourteen months or so have seen a gaggle of high-quality new bands popping up in all the various genres, but we’re going with the Peelers, a straight-up rock band that neither goes too far into nor gets too far away from the garage. A quintet of energetic young men, the Peelers have yet to officially release a record, but the esteemed Mr. Tim Kerr is set to fly into the Windy and help them exploit what they’re good at. And what’s that, you ask? Gem after gem of two-and-a-half minute songs, played and sung with energy that’s more goodhearted than furious. We’re not saying the Peelers are going to be breaking onto WXRT’s play-list anytime soon, but as long as they stick out the rough times, there’s a monster in the making.
Kristin Shout and Smoking Kitten
Editorial Note: The street teams have spoken…
Best of Chicago 2002