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For three years Peal has been wearing a groove in the interstate between Indianapolis and any city within a days drive, delivering their acoustic-driven rock to a growing audience, in every type of venue imagineable.
"We kind of don't fit in anywhere, which means we can pretty much play everywhere". says Wilsbach about the band's versatile sound, which carries the deep emotion and lyrical relevance of the singer/songwriter genre, but is delivered by the upbeat and infectious energy of an alternative rock band.
Whatever venue they played, whether to thousands at Louisville's 4th Stret Live, and Kansas City's Beaumont Club, or to a handful of regulars at a brewpub in Goshen, In and a sports-bar in Lexington, KY, they saved every dollar that didn't go into the van's gas tank to eventually record and self-release a CD in the summer of 2006.
That self-produced and released CD has been making an impact that is typically reserved for bands who have the muscle and bankroll of a label behind them. Peal has been rubbing elbows with the likes of Dave Matthews, Ray LaMontagne, G. Love, Amos Lee, Sufjan Stevens, Mute Math, and others while gaining some high-profile kudos for their debut CD. Paste Magazine selected Beautiful Baby Elephant as a "Paste Recommended" CD in August & Sept of 2006, and Peal's track "Carousel Junkie" was included on 14 commercial triple-A stations' New Music Samplers this fall. Beautiful Baby Elephant was also added to nearly 200 college radio stations' playlists in the spring.
Since then its been business as usual for this four piece, led by singer, songwriter and guitarist Tim Wilsbach. Only now, they've got something to leave with the fans, an eleven song CD, called "Beautiful Baby Elephant".
Beautiful Baby Elephant showcases Peal's acoustic-driven sound; borne of sugar-sweet melodies and uplifting, harmony-drenched choruses that are counterpoint to Wilsbach's smoky, Midwestern vocals and introspective lyrics.
Peal was formed when singer, songwriter and guitarist Tim Wilsbach met bassist Andy Wincek while they were both playing separate gigs, in different bands, at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
"Andy was playing to a huge crowd with his old cover band on campus, and I was playing alt-country originals with my old band to a small, mostly-indifferent crowd at a club" says Wilsbach. "We were both familiar with each other's band, but hadn't ever met. He came by the club I was playing after his soundcheck and we kinda connected. We found out we were both at Indiana University at the same time, and that we both grew up just outside of Chicago".
Both bands disbanded soon after and Peal was formed on this new-found friendship.
"We found out we both shared a love for Willie Nelson songs and late '80s metal, and just otherwise had a similar experience in music" says Wincek "We actually still try to outdo each other with the obscure music on our iPods when we get bored in the van".
Since that initial meeting Wilsbach and Wincek have been the constant creative outline of Peal, while a handful of guitarists and drummers color the spaces in between, not to mention share driving duties in the van.
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