Track Record: Peach Kelli Pop Talks Style On The Go
“My mom has always been my primary role model,” Allie Hanlon, the founder and front woman of LA-based punk outfit Peach Kelli Pop, says. “I’m influenced by her strength and utilitarianism but also have a natural inclination to extreme femininity.”
Since their incarnation in 2009, Peach Kelli Pop has become a cult favorite, fueled by femininity and rainbow-colored daydreams lined in badassery and 80s and 90s post-punk. And this vibe isn’t just present in their music, but in their style as well. From their on-stage wardrobes to exuberant album covers, their tunes exude an energy as colorful as their closets.
Hanlon’s inspired by a healthy dose of nostalgia, taking style cues from everything from Sailor Moon to Degrassi Junior High, and the band seems to always hit the stage in a matching fashion. “Each of us enjoy a lot of the same obscure pop culture,” Hanlon told us. “I think that influences our style and adds an organic element of cohesiveness.”
In anticipation of Gentle Leader, the band’s first LP in three years, we caught up with Hanlon to talk day-to-day versus on-stage style, thrifting in LA, and packing for tour. The new record is due out May 25 via Mint Records, and Peach Kelli Pop will be touring Japan (where Hanlon plans to get all of her shopping done), North America, and Europe in support of it. Read on below, and stay tuned for more style on the go.
Tell us about your style and how it influences you and your performance on stage.
My mom has always been my primary role model. She is extremely tactile, confident and physically strong. She still renovates and refurbishes houses, well into her late 60s. I’m influenced by her strength and utilitarianism but also have a natural inclination to extreme femininity. On stage I find myself most comfortable wearing outfits that are low maintenance, but super femme.
Do you guys approach on-stage style more individually or as a band?
All four of us have individual styles that naturally have some crossover. Each of us enjoy a lot of the same obscure pop culture from the 80s and 90s and I think that influences our style and adds an organic element of cohesiveness.
How do you dress in your day-to-day life as opposed to when you’re performing?
Day-to-day I feel like I am unrecognizable. I don’t wear makeup or do my hair and dress in baggy clothes. I like to feel invisible when I’m out in the world. On stage I love showing my personality with exaggerated makeup and a bold, colorful outfit.
Gentle Leader comes as Peach Kelli Pop’s first LP in three years! How has your style evolved since your last record, since the band’s formation?
My style hasn’t changed too much. I actually wear a lot of the same clothes as when I started the band. That being said, I have slowly learned how to better pick out clothes that are more flattering and compliment my body type. I’d say that’s the number one important thing in looking and feeling great in an outfit.
How do you approach styling for something like a music video or album cover?
Picking a look for a photoshoot, music video, or anything purely visual is really fun. There’s more freedom to be adventurous because you can wear something that might not be comfortable enough or practical to perform in. I always have a few statement pieces I save for these opportunities.
What movie, music video or TV show had the most iconic fashion for you?
Sailor Moon 100 percent. Jem and the Holograms. Fran Drescher in The Nanny looked amazing. I dislike Married with Children but think Kelly Bundy looked cool as hell. Also, Spike from Degrassi Junior High.
What are your favorite places to shop in LA? What about on the road?
My favorite clothes store is definitely the Bearded Beagle, a vintage store with three locations around LA. I love it because the clothes are beat up, worn in and weird in the best way. Besides that, I exclusively shop for clothes when I’m in Japan. I’m 5’8, so I’m basically an XL in Japan where most women are a lot shorter. There’s good vintage around Tokyo and the big chain stores like H&M have a cooler selection than they do in the US.
What are some essentials when you’re packing for tour?
On tour we need to pack light, with clothes that are versatile and can be worn multiple times before needing to be washed. I always bring tons of opaque black tights, a pair of doc martens, and a selection of mini-dresses.
Featured image courtesy of Peach Kelli Pop
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