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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Peach Kelli Pop brings her bedroom bubblegum sound to Atlanta

Peach Kelli Pops branding
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  • Peach Kelli Pop's branding

When she's not playing drums with Ottawa-based power-pop outfit the White Wires, Allie Hanlon transforms into bedroom-recording sensation and bubblegum pop balladeer Peach Kelli Pop. As with many of her garage and pop-loving peers who built something out of a guitar, some free time, and a laptop, Hanlon's solo music got enough attention outside her bedroom and circle of friends to warrant record label interest and a live backing band. In anticipation of a Friday, March 22, appearance at 97 Estoria, Hanlon talked briefly over the phone about her new album, the Peach Kelli Pop brand, and what it's like to be a home recording artist.

There are lots of aesthetic similarities between your first solo album and the new one that was released late last year. They both are self-titled and have a cover photo of you standing alone in front of a body of water and holding a stringed instrument. Was this a coincidence?

It's definitely on purpose. I was trying to create a theme, in a visual way. Not with the water thing, as that just kind of happened. I am hoping to create some sort of branding for my music. Like, this is what the box for the Peach Kelli Pop oven looks like.

Speaking of your brand name, is Peach Kelli Pop a reference to the Redd Kross song?

It is. A lot of people assume I'm Kelly, which obviously I'm not. I'm always impressed by the few who know that song.

You have an ever-changing lineup that, when you were last in Atlanta for the 2012 Mess-Around, included Seth Sutton and now features Mandy Mullins. I point out those two because Seth also has his own songwriting project in Useless Eaters and Mandy had the same thing in Orlando with Garbo's Daughter. Do you purposefully work with others who needed backing bands for their music to learn about their similar experiences?

I always try and pick people who would be nice to tour with but also bring their own to the band. It's always a great learning experience to work with other people, and I'm constantly learning more from them about music, merch, screen-printing shirts, and things like that. My current band has Mandy, a really talented California musician named Wyatt Blair, and one of my best friends, named Rachel Hortman, on drums. Rachel was in the band the last time we played Atlanta.

So, your sister is not touring with you this time?

It's true, this is my first tour without my beloved twin sister, Emily. It's easier to misbehave in an immature way with siblings. So, from a business standpoint, this might be good for me in some says.

While it's not a new thing, there seem to be more and more good bands that started out as a home recording project, be it your music or Gap Dream or, locally, something like Atlas Sound. Why is it more common now, and why did you decide to go solo?

It was really easy for me because I could work on music on my own and have total control over everything. It was also a learning experience, as the first record was the first time I learned to record music, which I got better at by the second album. I'm not sure why it's more common now. Team efforts can definitely be more fun, but it's easier to create music when it's just you.

Are you excited about playing in Atlanta again?

We're very excited to go to Atlanta and play again at 97 Estoria with our friends in Predator. We always have a good time, end up partying hard, and get to see all of our good friends.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

The new album is freshly out on Burger Records ... Come to 97 Estoria!

Peach Kelli Pop, Predator, and Dino's Boys play 97 Estoria 529 on Fri., March 22. Free. 9 p.m.

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