How did Peaer, in its current iteration, come to be?
Katz: At some point in college, I had written and recorded an album by myself. I got together with my friends Max and Michael in a live band, and with those three people we made another little album that by the end of college in 2015 we had recorded with Jeremy. He mixed and mastered the self titled album. After a little while, Thom came in, and our drummer had to drop out before one tour, so we started doing it as a tour, until toward the end of the tour when we came through the Hudson Valley area. I called Jeremy — he mixed and mastered the album so I figured he might be familiar with it. He agreed, we practiced once, did like four shows together and it was really great. We stayed consistent over the next couple of years, and since that time I’d been compiling songs for what the next record would be. We started really writing and recording and finishing everything in winter 2017, and we finished the album this past January.
Coming out of that first album, which seems to have came about sort of serendipitously, what did you want to bring to album two?
Kinney: The last one just felt like documenting. Fundamentally, it was just guitar, bass and drums, and I didn’t really know the material going into it. But on this record, we all handled the production between the three of us. We all worked on the songs from the genesis of them. There was more discussion on what kind of tones were were going for.
Katz: Just that there was a specific intention was the biggest difference.
With regards to that newfound intention, how did the overarching concept of A Healthy Earth come about?
Kinney: One of my goals in writing all of these songs was to achieve a level of scale… to not just talk about interpersonal relationships, but also about the world at large at various levels: the government, the environment, or culture. The title came from a line in a song called “Multiverse”: in another universe, we have a healthy earth. Taking it out of context, it poses a question: what does a healthy earth look like? Do we have one? How do we get there, or did we ever? Do we deserve it? Once it presented itself to us, we realized it was kind of what we were talking about the entire time.
Branching off that idea of scales, the album artwork depicts a scene of miniatures.
Lombardi: The title actually came after the album art. Soon after I joined Peaer in late 2015, Peter came over to my parent’s house, and my dad has been into model railroading for a really long time. We built this train layout in their basement when Peter was over, and he took a photo of it and kept it as his phone background.
Katz: Since that day, I said I don’t care what the record sounds like, I want to use that imagery as artwork.
Written By: Salvatore Maicki