Peacock records live at S.P.A.C.E.

Alice Peacock
Alice Peacock

After taking a two-year hiatus after the birth of her twins (aside from posting a new song on YouTube each week for the year-long Real Women/Real Songs project), Alice Peacock is back on the road.

Sort of. The singer/songwriter will record her first live album Aug. 23 at SPACE in Evanston, which will be followed by limited touring as family time allows.

She spoke a bit about how she finds time for music and two babies.

Q. How’s life been as the mother of twins?

A. Well, my husband and I always say it’ll keep us young or kill us. (Laughs) And it’s been a challenge — I think it’s a challenge for any mom — to carve out some time so I can take a moment away for music. But it’s been fun. Lots of fun. I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

Q. Is this the first time you’ve taking a mom-time hiatus?

A. Yeah. I toured until I was eight months pregnant with Joe, my 4-year-old, and he came on the road with me right away as a baby, for a little while. But babies and green rooms and hotels and all that, it’s not the best combo. (Laughs) And with twins it becomes twice as complicated.

Q. Was it difficult to make the decision to start performing again?

A. Not really. It felt like a good time to come back. I was a little anxious, of course. Would I remember my material, how would it feel to be on stage again, and all that. But it really was like riding a bicycle. It felt great to be back.

It’s different now, though, because when I was touring all the time I didn’t have to rehearse. Now I’m in the position of having to relearn my material. Plus, I have a lot of new songs to get into shape. I think it’s going to be a matter of slowly gearing up and maybe playing a few shows a month heading into next year. That feels do-able for me.

Q. Do you see yourself getting back to regular touring in the near future?

A. I’m not going to be heading out on the road like I was before the kids, but a few shows a month will keep that songwriting muscle going so I can keep recording. Plus, I get so much from the connection with an audience. I think I get as much out of a show as they do. For me, it’s all about that transfer of energy. That’s why I started doing this in the first place.

Q. Have you performed at S.P.A.C.E. before?

A. A few times. I was actually one of the first people to play there when it opened. It’s a really nice venue. It’s a friendly, artist-collaborative place. And they have a great studio in the back, which is why we’re going to record the live album there.

Q. Why did you choose to do a live album?

A. Well, I’ve never done one. And people often tell me they enjoy my songs solo acoustic style, and I’ve never recorded them stripped down that way. And I know it’s going to sound really good at S.P.A.C.E. If we don’t screw up. (Laughs) No pressure.

Q. Is there a certain amount of pressure involved? Or are you thinking of it as just another show?

A. If I really start thinking about it, I can get a little panicky. But my husband says I’m a good fourth-quarter player. So I’m trying not to stress too much about it. It’s just going to be me and Dirk (multi-instrumentalist Dirk Freymuth, ed.), after all. It’s not like we’re bringing in strings and a choir. We’ll just see what we get.

I think being a mom is helping me feel less stressed about it. You know, this morning I was trying to get the kids out the door and somebody needed a new diaper and then somebody else spilled the goldfish crackers and then this and then that and we were an hour late. And finally I got them outside and one of them slipped in a mud puddle and we had to start over again. (Laughs) It’s helped me learn to roll with things. You know? We’ll do the show and if we end up in the mud, oh well. . .

Q. What songs are you planning to perform?

A. It will mainly be older stuff, but there will be some new songs as well. I’ve been doing this thing the past year called Real Women, Real Songs. There are 22 or us, I think, and we’re writing a new song every week, which is great. But the kicker is that you have to perform it and record it for YouTube. (Laughs.) Now we’re about 30 weeks in and I’ve written 10 or 12 songs, so far, that I really like. Those might be on my next studio album. And we’ll probably do five or six of them and do them up at this gig.

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Alice Peacock

S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston

8 p.m. Aug. 23

$20-$35

(847) 492-8860 or visit www.evanstonspace.com

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