The Moldy Peaches were an indie group from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, founded by Adam Green and Kimya Dawson. Leading proponents of the anti-folk scene, the band has been on hiatus since 2004. The appearance of their song "Anyone Else but You" in the film Juno has significantly raised their profile; Dawson and Green made a handful of reunion appearances together in December 2007.
The band is known for their slow-paced songs, often discussing themes of childhood or young adulthood. Dawson's distinctive, childlike voice contributes to their distinctive sound.
Adam Green and Kimya Dawson met at Exile on Main Street Records in Mount Kisco, New York and began working together. Along with some of Adam's friends they put out a CDR album called FER THE KIDS before Kimya moved to Port Townsend, Washington. In early 1999 Adam joined her there and the Moldy Peaches were formed. The band returned to NYC as a 4 piece later in the year. They became active on the NYC Anti-folk scene, playing at the Sidewalk Cafe before the band broke up. Kimya and Adam both recorded solo albums. The band reformed in August 2000 with Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors on lead guitar, Brian Piltin on bass guitar, and Strictly Beats (Brent Cole) on drums. A new 11 song album was recorded, which led to a deal with Rough Trade in the UK. They gained recognition after their initial 7" 'Who's Got the Crack" was named 'Single of the Week' in NME. Rough Trade released the album The Moldy Peaches in 2001. Released in the U.S. on September 11, 2001, it contained the song "NYC Is Like a Graveyard". The band expanded to a six-piece, with guitarists Jack Dishel and Aaron Wilkinson, bass player Steven Mertens, and drummer Strictly Beats, augmenting the original duo of Kimya and Adam. They toured internationally with The Strokes with whom they shared record label and management.
In 2003 a second album Moldy Peaches 2000 was released, a double-CD compilation of various scraps and live recordings.
After an extensive US headlining tour in the winter of 2003, the band went into hiatus in early 2004. However, the band reunited in late 2004 for a one-off show to benefit Accidental CDs, Records and Tapes, a hole-in-the-wall record store on Ave A in NYC. That store was an early supporter of the band and helped hook them up with the gig that ultimately got them their record deal. Both central members embarked on solo careers, and supposedly have an agreement in place not to play Moldy Peaches songs during solo performances, although Adam has been known to break this rule having performed "Who's Got the Crack" with Carl Barat and Pete Doherty of The Libertines.
On December 2, 2007, Dawson and Green played an impromptu set together at Los Angeles' The Smell to end a show where Dawson was headlining. They changed the lyrics of the song "Who's Got The Crack" to "Who's Got The Blues". On December 3, 2007 the Moldy Peaches played at the Juno film premiere.
The band was booked to appear on the Conan O'Brien television show on January 14, 2008, but they canceled because of the writer's strike. Kimya has said that she is not keen to reform the band at present. However, Dawson and Green did appear together on the NPR radio show The Bryant Park Project on January 16, 2008. and appeared on television show The View on January 21, 2008.
Subsequent to the success of the Juno soundtrack, which hit #1 on the Billboard 200 on its third week of physical release, the song "Anyone Else but You" was released as a UK single on February 25, 2008.
Adam Green recently released his fifth solo album Sixes & Sevens via Rough Trade. His initial band included a 3 piece string section. Kimya has continued to tour playing small clubs and house parties. Her album Remember That I Love You on K Records has been well received. She recently became a mother. Jack Dishel's former outfit Stipplicon having broken up, he formed a new band Only Son, who have toured with Regina Spektor. Jack also plays in Regina's band. Steven Mertens has his own group SpaceCamp and plays in Adam Green's backing band. Strictly Beats has his own group Wooden Ghost, and plays in Dufus. Toby Goodshank plays solo shows, and is also in a duo Double Deuce with his sister Angela. Brian Piltin currently teaches High School and plays irregularly for small shows.
- The song "Anyone Else but You" was used in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Murderball.
- The song "Anyone Else but You" was used in a mobile phone TV-ad in France during World Cup 2006, featuring French star Zinedine Zidane.
- The song "Anyone Else but You" is central to the 2007 Academy Award-winning film Juno and a version is also performed by the two main characters (Ellen Page and Michael Cera).
- A re-written version of "Anyone Else but You" was featured in a commercial for Atlantis Resorts in the Bahamas.
- The song "Jorge Regula" was used in a Pepsodent commercial in Chile.
- A version of the song "Jorge Regula" also appears in the 2006 indie film The Guatemalan Handshake
After releasing their first few records themselves, The Moldy Peaches have released music internationally through Rough Trade. In the United States records were originally released under the Sanctuary Records banner but, since the demise of Sanctuary and the takeover of Rough Trade by the Beggars Group, U.S. releases are now also on Rough Trade.
- X-Ray Vision (LP) - Average Cabbage Records - 1996
- Moldy Peaches 2000: Fer the Kids/ Live 1999 (Cassette/CD) - Average Cabbage Records - 1999
- The Moldy Peaches (CD/LP) - Sanctuary Records/Rough Trade - 2001
- "County Fair/Rainbows" (CD single) - Sanctuary Records/Rough Trade - 2002
- Moldy Peaches 2000: Unreleased Cutz and Live Jamz 1994-2002 (CD) - Sanctuary Records/Rough Trade - 2003
- "Anyone Else but You" (single) - Rough Trade - 2008
- Music from the Motion Picture Juno ("Anyone Else But You") - Rhino Records 2007
- Music from the Film Murderball ("Anyone Else But You") - Commotion 2005
- Music from the Film Garage Days ("Lucky Number Nine") - Festival Mushroom Records 2002
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