Smell of Burning Leaves
"Teo Peralez is blazing a mixed trail of folk-rock music that toys with punk and country that is sure to calm the nerves and dance with the mind." - The LPM Voice Based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, Teo Peralez mixes powerful vocals, dark harmonies, and insightful lyrics into a new breed of singer-songwriter. Capable of generating incredible sound and energy with an acoustic guitar, and the with addition of a lead guitar in the live show, Teo Peralez delivers some of the fastest, loudest, most rockin' music ever to resound from the 6-string. Peralez's music can be as diverse as the scene he came from, ranging from country twang to folksy-blues jams, from soft acoustic ballads to explosive indie rock. Peralez follows in the steps of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain, and Dave King to showcase the acoustic guitar as an instrumental centerpiece of modern rock. Peralez\'s roots in music date to his childhood. Peralez\'s father, Kenny Peralez, was a renowned guitarist in the Lincoln scene, and ran a small studio venture in the family\'s home on the outskirts of town. This home studio served local talent in every genre, from rap to punk, from metal to folk-blues. \'I can remember having bands playing in my house four to five nights per week,\' Peralez remembers. Teo always took interest in his father\'s guitars, and received his first acoustic guitar in 1993. By 2000, Peralez began writing original music, though he never received formal guitar instruction. The early years were characterized by power-chord based \'punk\'. By the end of 2003, Peralez had compiled enough songs to constitute his first CD release, \'Road of Isolation\'. In 24 tracks relating everything from relationship dramas to teenage introspections, Peralez found the roots of his distinctive sound. Peralez began performing at various locales, from coffee houses to pizzerias to refine his sound. In the summer of 2006, he recorded the \'Leaving Longmont EP\', a collection of newer material that suggested a transition in his sound from punk to alt-folk. Returning to the studio again in summer of 2007, after his first year of college and struggling on the brink of poverty, Peralez recorded \'The Smell of Burning Leaves...\', a deeply philosophical compilation of music dealing with the more mature topics of depression, poverty, politics, and social norms. Peralez\'s newest endeavor in February of 2008, is an expansion on \'The Smell of Burning Leaves...\', adding new styles to his repertoire, such as alt-country, americana, and hints of classic rock.