Peach (band)

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Also known asPeach [gb]
Origin England
Genres Art metal [1]
Years active1991–1994
Associated actsSuns of the Tundra, Tool
Past membersSimon Oakes
Rob Havis
Ben Durling
Justin Chancellor
Andy Prestidge
Mark Moloney
Andy Marlow

Peach (also known as Peach [gb]) were a metal band from England that originally recorded between 1991 and 1994. The band was renamed Sterling in 1995, and Simon Oakes and Rob Havis later reformed as Suns of the Tundra in 2000.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.


The original line-up consisted of Simon Oakes, Rob Havis, Ben Durling and Justin Chancellor. Peach supported the band Tool on the European leg of their tours throughout 1993–1994 after the release of Undertow , and then released an album, Giving Birth to a Stone , themselves. After touring to promote their debut album, Peach recorded a second one, Volume II . It was never released due to a failure to secure a major record deal. In 1995 Oakes quit to form Geyser with Al Murray (prior to his comedy career), but Peach continued with replacement singer Rod Sterling. Rob Havis later left for fellow Tool support act Submarine (later to become JetBoy DC), and the name Peach was then dropped in favour of Sterling. Chancellor left the band to join Tool in 1995, after Tool's first bassist, Paul D'Amour, left. Sterling signed a deal with Mantra Records and released an album ( Monster Lingo ) and had four singles.

Justin Chancellor musician, Book and record store owner

Justin Gunnar Walter Chancellor is an English musician formerly in the band Peach but best known as the bass player for progressive metal band Tool. Chancellor is of English and Norwegian descent. After settling in the US, along with his engagement in his musical projects, he and his wife Shelee Dykman Chancellor ran a store called Lobal Orning in Topanga, California, dedicated to music and literature "that shaped and changed" both of them. The store closed in 2008. He started M.T.Void music project with Piotr "Glaca" Mohammed from Sweet Noise. In October 2012, Chancellor featured as bass player on the song "In the Spirit Of..." on The Fusion Syndicate album, released by Cleopatra Records. His track also appears on the 2014 album The Prog Box.

Tool (band) American alternative metal band

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In 2000, Giving Birth to a Stone was reissued to relative success on the DC Based Beatville Records imprint Vile Beat. In response to its popularity, Oakes and Havis decided to form a band again. With Durling and Chancellor still with other bands, they chose to perform instead under the name Suns of the Tundra. The new band has already published two albums, and play several old Peach songs in their live set.


Drum kit collection of drums and other percussion instruments

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Suns of the Tundra


As Peach


  • Giving Birth to a Stone (1994, reissued in 2000)
  • Volume II (1995, Caroline Records Carol 1785-1) [Blue vinyl] {UPC: 0 1704-61785-1 8} (Unreleased)
<i>Giving Birth to a Stone</i> 1994 studio album by Peach

Giving Birth to a Stone is the debut and only studio album by UK metal band Peach, released in 1994 through Mad Minute Records. It was re-released in 2000 through Beatville Records, with different artwork, designed by Adam Jones of Tool. It was re-released again globally on April 2, 2007 through Sony BMG - and is also being made available in downloadable formats. The song "You Lied" was covered live by Tool and was included on their box set Salival.

Demo Tapes, Singles & EPs

<i>Flow with the Tide</i> extended play by Peach

Flow with the Tide is the very first release by the English metal band, Peach, released in 1991. It was released as a 3-track tape cassette. It is now extremely rare. The first two tracks were originally written by Simon Oakes for the band Bloom.

<i>Dont Make Me Your God</i> extended play by Peach

Don't Make Me Your God is the title of English metal band Peach's second release, released in 1992. It was originally released as 3-track 12" Vinyl. It is now extremely rare.

<i>Disappear Here</i> (EP) extended play by Peach

Disappear Here is the title of the third release by English metal band Peach, released in 1992. It was originally released as a 3-track tape cassette and is now extremely rare.

As Suns of the Tundra


<i>Suns of the Tundra</i> (album) album by Peach

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<i>Tunguska</i> (album) album by Peach

Tunguska is the title of English Progressive metal band Suns of the Tundra's second album, released in early 2006.



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