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PEP Releases Colourful Video For New Single, I Met A Boy

PEP’s My Baby And Me EP was recently released a few days before Valentine’s Day and the timing couldn’t have been better. PEP have also recently released their techni-colour, hyper-stylised video for I Met a Boy which premiered with BlackBook and can be seen on Vimeo here.

Karys Rhea (who also drums for Brooklyn band Starlight Girls) began recording the EP in early 2012 while she was on a three-month tour of the heartland with her other project. When she returned to the east coast, she switched her focus to PEP which has settled into a tight knit act that includes Morgan Lynch and Ilana Webber on backing vocals and percussion, Eric Jackowitz on drums, Teddy Williams on bass and David Origlieri on guitar. In a live setting, the six piece set up truly breathes a vintage wind into PEP’s unique brand of indie doo-wop. The EP features Emil Hewitt (Emil & Friends) on bass and was mixed by Jake Aron (Jamie Lidell, Grizzly Bear, Chairlift, Yeasayer).

In the fall of 2011, after hearing Runaround Sue playing in a clothing store, Rhea became nostalgic for the music from the ’50s and early ’60s and soon consumed countless of full length albums of artists from the era, both classic and obsure. Soon after that, she couldn’t stop humming those infectious doo-wop style melodies indicative of the era. 

PEP completes the picture with an army of back-up singers and choreographed moves reminiscent of 1960s girl groups who all clearly provide an inspirational spring board.

My Baby And Me EP is out now on digital/cd/7″ vinyl.

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PEP Reveals New Video For Latest Track, Stephen

PEP originally began as the solo project of Starlight Girls drummer Karys Rhea. In the fall of 2011, after hearing Runaround Sue playing in a clothing store, Rhea became nostalgic and downloaded over 100 albums from the 50s and early 60s. Soon after that, she couldn’t stop humming those infectious doo-wop style melodies indicative of the era. These stylings are front and center on Stephen which MTV Hive described as “the Brooklyn-based musician’s influences — ’60s girl groups like the Shangri-Las and The Ronettes — shine through on the track, which could just as easily be found issuing from the radio of a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle as from your iTunes.”

Rhea takes her affinity for the era even further on the video for Stephen, a black and white throwback to classic ’50s style variety shows. The video was directed by Jonathan Phelps. The video premiered last week via Spin and can be seen on YouTube.

The upcoming PEP EP, My Baby and Me, is out February 11 2014 on digital/CD/7″ vinyl. The EP features Emil Hewitt (Emil & Friends) on bass and was mixed by Jake Aron (Jamie Lidell, Grizzly Bear, Chairlift, Yeasayer). PEP has announced the first batch of live dates for the new year as well, including the February 10 record release show at the Mercury Lounge in New York.

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