Sune Rose Wagner on the album’s title Pe’ahi:
DiS: The album’s called Pe’ahi. Where does the title originate from?
Sune Rose Wagner: The title is actually a Hawaiian word. It’s a big, famous surf break off the shore of Maui. It only comes to life during the winter months. It’s a scary place even for professional big wave surfers. We used that as the title because the album has a lot of references to surf culture. Musically there’s a lot of surf guitar sounds in there. But used in very different ways to the traditional surf record sound. There’s also a lot of references to surf language and beaches in the lyrics but again used in a very different context. It was a challenge to try and channel some of the inspiration I found - especially the surf history of Southern California - but not in an obvious way. A guy once referred to our band very early on in our career as being what it would sound like if you went surfing in the rain. It’s a pretty good analogy which I always thought made a lot of sense. So in essence I guess that’s what we sound like which is why we used a lot of the references, and Pe’ahi is also a dangerous place. And not just for surfers either. It’s also become a hangout for the disenchanted. I went to Maui recently and people there advised me not to go down to Pe’ahi, even in summertime. Some pregnant girl was murdered there not long ago so it all kind of makes sense with the title because I always want that to have a certain theme to it. Which is why we put the knife on the cover of the record.