Art rock project formed by Foster The People duo
Los Angeles duo Peel – better known as the art rock project from Foster The People’s Sean Cimino and Isom Innis – have shared ‘Climax’, the latest preview from their forthcoming debut album Acid Star,
Inspired by the 2018 Gaspar Noé movie of the same name, the song is an urgent blend of jagged guitar stabs and disco-inspired drumming. The accompanying video sees the band performing the song, captured on grainy VHS against the concrete backdrop of their downtown Los Angeles loft.
Inspired in part by genre-bending Creation Records bands like Primal Scream and Madchester groups like Happy Mondays, Acid Star – out via Innovative Leisure on March 29 – expands on the industrial edge of early Peel, adding layers of psychedelia, electronica, and even reverb soaked freak folk.
“The sonic landscape of Climax nods to our post-punk roots, while the spirit and rhythm propel us forward into the realm of club and dance music” shares Cimino. “The lyrics are inspired by the Gaspar Noe movie ‘Climax’ and a bizarre rave I went to in Mexico City,” explains Innis. “The movie is about a dance party gone wrong because someone spikes the punch with acid and everyone freaks out, but our song flips the perspective – a psychedelic dance party gone right where everyone has fun. At the rave I was navigating this really dark dilapidated industrial building trying to find the basement where the dancefloor was. It was like a crowded maze with all these hazardous drop offs and dead ends. That tone came out in ‘Climax’, the alarming but exciting feeling of dancing into the unknown.”