Country? Bluegrass? Rock? Gospel, even? Well I can't comfortably pigeon hole The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band; neither can they. When looking over iTunes Genius Recommendations you get Flogging Molly, The Raconteurs, and Vampire Weekend, among others; if that isn't an indicator of their genre-defying sound I don't know what is.
Hailing from Brown County in southern Indiana this three-piece family band consisting of the Reverend Peyton, Washboard Breezy Peyton, and Aaron "Cuz" Persinger, hold masterful sway over whatever you can call their sound and bring a commanding stage presence that might even see a washboard set ablaze.
With "instruments" like the bucket, harmonica, and of course Breezy on the hardware store washboard, in addition to jig/mosh inducing drum work by Aaron, and the Rev dropping jaws with his fingerstyle slide guitar, this band perfected their sound on town porches before performing for the public.
Now on SideOneDummy Records with the likes of Flogging Molly, good friends of the Big Damn Band, they have toured in over 12 countries and criss-crossed the contiguous 48 states doing some 250 shows a year for the last four years.
You can find all of their albums on iTunes and the video for the first single, "Clap Your Hands," off their new album The Wages, on Youtube and on their website.
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band will be back in LA at the Met around October 8th later this very year.
We caught up with the band at the Warped Tour and got a chance to ask them a few questions. Check out the audio slide show from the Warped Tour in Ventura:
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Interview from Disarray Magazine on Vimeo.
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Wesley is a writer/photojournalist originally from Oregon who makes his home in Ventura, CA. He is currently a contributing photographer for the VCReporter and maintains an active blog (http://www.wesleybauman.wordpress.com/) where he writes on political and social satire regularly.