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In Session: Peers rock up on show
By Matthew Crist

Peers at BBC Radio Berkshire
Peers hanging out at BBC Radio Berkshire

The self described rock guitar four-piece Peers paid a visit to Radio Berkshire recently.

Elliot, Matthew, Jack and Chris said how quickly things have progressed for them in recent months.

"We were getting some good feedback from our gigs around town and even outside Reading so we thought this could be the start of something good", the guys explained.

What may be surprising is just how young they all are.


Their ages range from 15 to 17 and there is no lack of maturity in their music either, surprising then that as a band they have only been playing together since late last year.

Peers at BBC Radio Berkshire
Peers demonstrate "shoe gazing" in the studio

"We were all in bands beforehand but we broke away around late 2009 and formed our own, without a name or any gigs but with a couple of songs I'd written on my own", said Matthew.

"We had a couple of practices and decided we wanted another guitarist so we brought in Chris, a friend from school.

"The result proved to be an instant success with the band selling out their first live show at The Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading where it was a case of standing room only.

"They had to turn people away at the door, we even got a bit of money out of it, so that was our first ever pay cheque.

Potential stardom

Peers bagged a a session at the studio after uploading their music to the BBC Uploader

Even combining potential pop stardom with the dull reality of education doesn't seem to bother these teenagers.

From Elliot studying for a course in radio production in Newbury and threatening to be the next Chris Moyles to Matthew up to his eyes in History books, there appear to be few hurdles in their way, except maybe one.

"My dad has put his foot down and only allowed us to do one show in June because of exams", said Matthew.

"Our parents are praying we pass our driving tests first time so we can taxi ourselves to gigs."

If you want to catch Peers live you can see them at, The Oakford Social Club, Reading on 5 May. Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading, 29 May. The Corn Exchange, Newbury, 4 June. Silfest, Ascot, 3 July.

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