Burbank punk rock trio the Peeks have it all: a strong set of original songs loaded with attitude and appeal, a drastically tight, propulsive sound and an energy level that, in performance, threatens to not just raise the roof but send the entire thing into orbit. And they still haven't even graduated high school.
Formed in January of 2011, the band quickly distinguished itself as one of most natural and important forces in that perpetually rebellious musical style. The fact that singer-guitarist Dewey Peek's father is legendary punk rock spearhead Chip Kinman doesn't hurt either. Chip Kinman, whose Class of '77 band the Dils were one of the most important and influential West Coast acts of that incendiary era, has gently, albeit inevitably, exerted a potent influence over not only Dewey but the band as a whole.
“He taught me how to play guitar when I was 5 years old,” said the 17-year-old Peek, who attends Providence High in Burbank. “So, of course, the Dils influenced us, and we do a couple of his songs now and then. Always being around him and talking with him influences me. He also gives me advice as to certain shows we should or shouldn't play. There have been times when we thought about doing a particular thing and he'll point why we actually shouldn't and we realized 'Yes, that one would be pretty stupid!' He's always there with support and encouragement.”