with King of Heck and Sweet Peach

Songbyrd and LiveNation Present
Downstairs, All Ages




Songbyrd and LiveNation Present

Tuesday March 17, 2020


Formed in 2017 by vocalist Bart Thompson, Graduating Life started out as a solo project. That year, he released An Introduction to Rock & Roll, and toured the US four times. Over the past year, Graduating Life has grown into more of a full band, and Grad Life is their first official release together. Thompson, along with a few other members of Graduating Life, is also a member of bands such as Mom Jeans. and Just Friends.

When looking to describe a person like Bart Starr, there are many words that come to mind. Funny? Yes. Talented? Yes. “Memey?” Absolutely. However, none of these words come close to what actually defines Bart at his core, and what actually defines Graduating Life.

Savagery. This is the concept that would leave the world quiet when the beginning of Grad Life’s “There’s Only One Way” would play. Take this word to mean whatever you will. Whether it reminds you of a half-court shot, beating the buzzer, and overturning the outcome of a NBA Finals game, or if it makes you think about the blood running down a lion’s chin after it has secured its kill; Graduating Life will fill the role of whatever need be.


From the sweaty basements of College Park, Maryland grew a saccharine fruit. Sweet Peach grew from dirty DIY basements and cigarette-fueled practices. It all started with a Facebook post: “Anyone play drums who wants to start a band?" From there, the band experimented with different sounds, different names (fka “Diet Android”), and different members before landing on its heavy, fuzz-laden style and finalizing its lineup -- Yvette, Ben, Garret, and Tommie -- before recording their debut EP Sheer Existence in April 2019. With inspiration ranging from The Used to Microwave to Mogwai and Frankie Cosmos, Sweet Peach’s cohesively camoflauged songwriting has seen the band fit in with all types of genres, from indie-pop to hardcore.

On Sheer Existence (Chillwavve Records), Sweet Peach saw each member bring their own personal touch to the songs, while still maintaining an innovative and creative compatibility. Influential DIY blog The Alternative said, “Sheer Existence has been a labor of love, years in the making, and there’s a unique power behind Yvette’s (writer/vox) voice that enforces just how special this EP is.” Yvette’s intensely personal lyrics blend perfectly with Ben's refreshing guitar leads, while Garret's bass work and Tommie's high-energy drumming lay down the groove like almost no other -- making an EP you won’t soon forget. (Bio by Sean Neumann)