Peeling is the Toronto-based project led by Kiev-born singer/guitarist Annabelle Lee and features Jimmy Tony Rowlinson (Dilly Dally) on bass, Denholm Whale (Odonis Odonis) on drums, and Alejandro Cairncross on guitar. Rats in Paradise is their debut Ep that is out now via Buzz Records. Watch the official video for the track “Leisure Life“.
As the EP’s lead single, “Leisure Life” introduces the band at their most bruising, collating influences like The Gun Club, Chrome, The Slits, Fugazi and Les Rallizes Dénudés into a sound that immediately feels like a vital part of 2016’s musical landscape while staking out a unique place within it. As Lee tells Noisey, the song is focused on indifference and avarice, a punishing blast of hard-nosed post-punk that serves as a cutting rebuke to those who are, as the song’s lyrics put it, “making money off of war and institutional oppression.”
“‘Leisure Life’ is a song about self-interest and people with a bloated sense of entitlement” she says. “It’s about choosing the easiest route towards temporary personal gain and participating in behaviours that benefit you at the expense of others. From seeking validation through consumerism to having a warped sense of integrity under the guise of religion, it all comes down to apathy and greed.