Peach Kelli Pop’s new Gentle Leader and the most accurate description of the sound the band has sharpened the last few years. It’s cute but fierce and delightful yet dangerous, and it’s some of Peach Kelli Pop’s most propulsive pop punk yet." /> L.A. Record

PEACH KELLI POP: GENTLE LEADER

June 2nd, 2018 | Album reviews

PEACH KELLI POP
Gentle Leader
Mint/Bachelor

“Hello Kitty Knife” is the first track of Peach Kelli Pop’s new Gentle Leader and the most accurate description of the sound the band has sharpened the last few years. It’s cute but fierce and delightful yet dangerous, and it’s some of Peach Kelli Pop’s most propulsive pop punk yet. Just months ago, the band released the <em>Which Witch EP, with songs offering flashes of a dreamier, more psychedelic sound. But this fourth full-length Gentle Leader finds the group returning to familiar punk territory. That isn’t to say that the group isn’t stretching their sound: “Parasomnia” and “Skylight” reveal what some of Which Witch might have sounded like if it was more fleshed out. Overall, Leader is bigger and more expansive than anything the band has released so far. The first Peach Kelli Pop albums were the sonic equivalent of being punched in the face by a rainbow, but PKP III, Which Witch and now Gentle Leader each reveal new depth and nuance in their still-sugary hits.

—Simon Weedn