Meet Peach Tree Rascals, the multi-faceted collective who keep rising with I'm Sorry
The genre-bending new stars are representative of a new-age DIY approach to music, and it's proving a lot of fun.
A couple of months ago we introduced the world to Peach Tree Rascals, a US collective who at the time, were proving that they aren't afraid of breaking boundaries. The five-strong collective were releasing track after track that showcased their DIY, multi-dimensional approach to music, one that moved between genres within the space of a song - let alone a longer journey of singles - and in the process, constantly keeping everything on edge.
It became very clear that the group weren't so much trying to elevate a specific Peach Tree Rascal sound but rather a lack thereof; their work moving between influences stretched across hip-hop, pop, R&B, electronica, jazz and beyond, all connected by a Peach Tree Rascal ethos to pluck the best out of their influences, and relish in the creative expression that comes with it. "In ways, the group are representative of the DIY aspect to ‘internet-built’ groups," we mentioned. "They have a producer and mixer within the group (Dominic "Dom" Pizano) and a creative director (Jorge Olazaba) who works on their art and videos; the need for outside influence is kept to a minimum, and as a result, their work is about as potently them as you can get."
Now, as their journey continues, this is only becoming more true. Their latest single I'm Sorry really captures the band's intersection of tastes and how they're able to bring that to life through their own work, encapsulating the melting pools of genres that build into the Peach Tree Rascal 'sound'. This time around it leans heavily into the R&B-meets-indie-meets-pop realm, a touch more subtle than much of their past work, but done in a way that still feels definitively Peach Tree Rascals - and that's an incredibly difficult thing for a group like this to do.
"I’m Sorry is about owning your mistakes and taking responsibility, but also accepting something bad happened and allowing yourself to move on," says the group's Dom Pizano on the single, before Joseph Barros takes over: "We tried to frame this song as an apology to the people that feel like we’ve wronged them at any point, the moral of the story though is to own it, accept you’ve messed up, and move on. It doesn’t make sense to hold onto the negative."
Continuing on, the group explain that I'm Sorry is somewhat of a favourite between the members, as it's one that really reflects Peach Tree Rascals and their blueprint at its best. "This is one of our favourite tracks of this year’s rollout because it combines influences from all of our favourite genres," says the band's Issac Pech.
It comes with a video clip you can take a dive into below, and while you're there, be sure to introduce yourself to Peach Tree Rascals while you're at it underneath:
Tell us about yourself?
We are PTR! Our names are Tarrek, Joseph, Dom, Issac, and Jorge. We’re originally from San Jose. We make music and art. We’re going to take over the world… - Everyone
What’s the ‘vibe’ music-wise?
We feel like a lot of music that is released these days tends to be sad. We feel like there are so many horrible things going on in the world that we’ve made it our mission to focus on making happy and optimistic music. We don’t believe we fall into a genre. We make music that feels right to us. - Dom
What are your production and writing processes usually like?
Dom leads the crew. He gets the final say for all things production and writing. That being said, overall - our writing and melodic process is extremely collaborative. Everyone plays a critical role in bringing our music to life. We all have different perspectives, that all somehow work to create our sound. - Tarrek
Your single Mariposa has been out for a while now, but it’s had quite a resurgence of the last month or so. Can you tell us a little bit about the track?
Mariposa is about love and loss. It’s about finding the person you love, but allowing yourself to let them go for whatever reason. I wrote this song about finding the love of my life, but realizing it was the wrong timing and I needed to let the relationship go. It’s a tragic love story that somehow makes people feel hopeful and is relatable to many others’ experience. - Joseph
What does 2020 have in store for you?
We are going to continue dropping singles, videos, and merchandise every month for the rest of the year. We’re more than anything preparing to launch tour next year and are constantly rehearsing and trying to become better and stronger performers. - Issac
What do you want people to take away from the project?
We want people to be happy. We want them to feel hopeful. And more than anything, we want them to feel like anything is possible and if you work hard you can achieve your dreams. We are living examples of this! We want to help others feel this way too. - Jorge
Where can we find more of your music?
Check out our videos on YouTube! Jorge makes them from scratch and they always go the least streamed and are available in almost every country. - Tarrek