Peeping Drexels share new EP 'Bad Time'

Bad Time’ is the new EP from South East London group Peeping Drexels, a punk five-piece with influences as broad as they come – drawing on the likes of 'Cherry Bomb' by Tyler, The Creator in terms of saturation of sound, but also Garry Numan in intense danceability. The band’s previous, self-titled EP was released to critical acclaim, with the single ‘Ray Purchase’ getting airplay across BBC Radio 6 Music and the like.

Lyrically, ‘Bad Time’ is soaked in depravity, with the themes of lust, addiction, escapism, and hedonism running rampant across every track, reflected instrumentally as well with harsh synths and distorted guitar.

Opener and first single ‘Miami Lounge’, tells a story of dissatisfaction with life, resulting in an escape to ‘the lounge’, interpretable as any substance abuse or deviance. The dissonance between slurred, drunken vocals and Numan-esque accompaniment in the hook is unsettling, perhaps purposefully, but the track’s latter half is jarring in its melancholic comedown.

Second single ‘High Heels’ is a little obvious in its hook, although incredibly catchy — ‘White pills/ give me nice thrills/in high heels’ — but the pounding, almost industrial beat is reminiscent of a hangover, meshing well with the violence of the verse’s lyrics. The soft female vocals at the track’s beginning form a sort of duet with Drexels’ lead singer in the close, adding another layer to an already narrative-heavy track.

The story told between ‘Bloody Gums Pt1’ and ‘Pt2’ is one of toxic lust, and it’s here where the band’s maximalism shines through. Heavy synths and bass create the feeling of intense stress in ‘Pt1’, but ‘Pt2’ is more hopeful, with drowned vocals over a repetitive instrumental, culminating defiantly in a glossy, distorted outro.

On the whole, Peeping Drexels’ ‘Bad Time’ is an EP consistent in both sound and theme, with the band’s dark themes only occasionally slipping in favour of something more hopeful. Feeling is conveyed flawlessly through expressive vocals and rich instrumental, making for a deeply memorable EP.