I’m excited to share that among the single releases on Friday, new music from Australian indie-pop band PEPTALK has arrived! Listening to their effervescent pop tracks always puts a spring in my step, and this brand-new release is no different. The song “Close Friend” is based on an autobiographical account from bass player Lara Frew. Lara was adopted by missionaries while on a trip, and the track is about her childhood crush on a girl from church. It’s a touching and relatable story about accepting that sometimes you can only be close friends with someone.

I absolutely love PEPTALK’s music because they always manage to bring something fresh and lyrically unique to the table. Their latest release, “Close Friend,” is no exception. In this song, PEPTALK focuses on how big the little things appear when in unrequited love.

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It’s true, girl band set-ups are becoming increasingly rare these days. More specifically, the British do not produce girl bands like PEPTALK. However, PEPTALK, an Australian girl band comprised of Jay-Lee, Lara, and Phoebe, is proving that the girl band genre is still alive and well. These talented women are doing an incredible job, and they’re definitely turning heads. Here’s an interesting fact for you: In 2023, Lara and Phoebe (who produce under the moniker ‘Middleman‘) were hand-selected by Troye Sivan and Lucas Keller to participate in APRA AMCOS’ pride songwriting camp (Songhubs), in partnership with World Pride and Sydney Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras.

I heard the band has been playing a few gigs in Australia lately, and their setlist is expanding. I don’t want to add any pressure, but a good move would be to launch an EP next. It would be great if they could do this, thus enabling them to raise a few bucks for a music video. I am immensely, looking forward to the day they achieve this and seeing what they come up with – I bet it will be a lot of fun!

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