June 13, 2016

Interview: Peach Kelli Pop

Talking tour life, musical inspiration, and favorite fast food spots with Peach Kelli Pop.

When I went up to introduce myself to Allie Hanlon of Peach Kelli Pop at a house show in my hometown of Tallahassee, she greeted me with “Konichiwa”, and I immediately fell under the PKP spell. I was almost starstruck – I couldn’t believe I was going to be seeing one of my favorite bands play a house show, let alone hang out with them. Their actual live set was magical. They were tight, together, and most importantly, they had fun and you could tell. It was complete with swirly colored lights that revolved around the ceiling and room, grooving along with them. I had the pleasure of interviewing Allie afterwards, who was kind enough to answer some questions such as how the band got started, life being in a band, and the challenges that come along with it.

The Le Sigh: When and how did you decide to start Peach Kelli Pop?  

Allie Hanlon: I decided to start PKP so I could try writing my own songs and try recording for the first time. I ended up learning guitar and bass so I could play all the different components involved in the songs. It was in 2009 after I had been playing in the White Wires, in Ottawa Canada.

TLS: What has been the biggest challenge you have had to overcome as being and running a band?

AH: I've realized that having an active band that plays shows, tours and releases music is so much more than just writing and recording music. A band is technically a small business and a lot of my time is spent answering emails, organizing practices, shows, releases, music videos, photo shoots, album covers, budgeting money and planning.

TLS: You just put out a super sweet 7", how did that come about? 

AH: Our new 7" came out on Lauren Records, a punk label based out of Riverside, CA. Aaron, the founder of the label had been wanting to release something together for a few years and I was finally ready. I decided to write and record the 7" in anticipation of our tour this spring.

TLS: Do you prefer home life or tour life?

AH: I absolutely adore both! Touring gives me perspective on what I love about home and what I might want to change at home too. I love where I live (Los Angeles) and enjoy my home life here a lot. I love being busy...I stay busy working, hanging out with friends and exercising.

TLS: What's your biggest musical inspiration and why? 

AH: I'd have to say my friends. Seeing their process with writing music and performing, and knowing them personally provides a very special behind the scenes look and personal connection to their music. My friends ambition and creativity inspire me all the time.

TLS: What is your advice for other girls or anyone trying to do what you do? 

AH: Don't compare yourself to anyone else. Be a supportive member of your community by getting involved in your scene and going to local shows. Work hard at mastering your instrument. Don't share anything with the world that you aren't proud of.

TLS: What's your fave fast food place?  

AH: I love Five Guys and In-N-Out. Also El Pollo Loco.

TLS: Cats or dogs?

AH: Cats or dogs..... Dogs! And cats too.

Listen to Peach Kelli Pop on bandcamp.

Katie Mitchell, who sold her soul her soul to the rock n roll and when she isn't spending time on music she's listening to records, daydreaming and or cheeseburgers.