One day the pundits will state that grunge will never die and cite rock bands like Philadelphia’s own Resilient as proof of their assertion and, who knows, they may even put this band’s album “How to Peach” on to their top 20 list. Stranger things have happened.
To the band’s credit, the ten songs here are more than mere revisionism with an underlying rebellious, almost feminist, attitude soon lifting them out of the basement and on to the city streets. There is, however, subtlety too with songs like “Ceiling” and “The Duchess Act” reversing introspection and instead becoming inspirational with the aural enchantment of Erin Fox’s voice providing the necessary motivation to pay attention.
In simple terms, Resilient are a band with depth when they want it and volume when they need it. That’s not an easy tightrope to walk and I think that, on the evidence presented to my ears, Resilient also seem to lack the fear of complexity that causes lesser bands to rapidly fall back into the, now rather passé, comfort zone of computer enhancement.
“How To Peach” is therefore an album that ably demonstrates the talents of a rock band with a lyrical and musical honesty on their side. That’s more than good enough for me.
The album is available for download from Bandcamp.