Peculiar People Band - Not Ashamed

Published Wednesday 30th November 2005
Peculiar People Band - Not Ashamed
Peculiar People Band - Not Ashamed

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12648-1944
LABEL: Maranatha! 738597400629
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Chris Tozer

Three South African guys in their mid-20s make up the bravely named Peculiar People Band. After cutting their musical teeth in Cape Province they seized an opportunity to tour the States from coast to coast. Out west on a fishing trip they met the boss of Maranatha! Records and soon netted a contract which has thus far produced two records including this, their debut album. After spending much of 2005 touring California and other neighbouring states they seemed to have established quite a strong localised fan base. Playing competently in the style of Delirious? this three piece band certainly have in Gary Rea a lead singer with the ability to write catchy tunes with no nonsense worship and evangelistic lyrics that get youth pastors queuing up to book them to minister to their teenagers. Listen to tracks like "Today" and "Can I Leave My Head" and you'll see what I mean. Personally, I'd like to see them branching out to reach the un-churched through mainstream radio but I can't imagine that happening in a month of Sundays in the Land Of The Free. Yet back in South Africa the guys managed to get ample airplay on pop stations that resulted in two top 10 hits and a nomination for a South African music award. If I were their pastor I'd be wondering whether they should quit the financial lucrative West Coast and, in the immortal words of Paul McCartney, get back to where they once belonged, and find secular fields that are in far greater need of a combine harvester like theirs.

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Product Description
Peculiar People Band is a three-piece modern rock band hailing from Cape Town, South Africa. Lyrically intelligent and worshipful, with refreshingly upbeat tracks, it's no wonder the group's two previously-released singles ranked in the top 10 on South African radio. Discover the newest South African import for yourself.

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