(c’91-’93) Shaun Jackson (drums), Jasen Barker (vocals), Steve Porter (bass) and Daren Grout (guitar).

Peachrazor at The Bull & Gate

With a first gig at Farnham’s West Surrey College of Art and Design (WSCAD) the Peach Razors burst onto the scene, changing their name to Peachrazor after a few more shows. In June ’91 they competed in the Buzz Club’s Midsummer Madness local band competition. Darren “Paddy” Thorpe (ex-Explodehead) replaced Jackson and Stuart Heather (ex-Electric Icecream Productions) filled Barker’s shoes shortly after. Along with Porter and Grout (both ex-Frantic) they performed a couple of “disastrous” gigs at Ragamuffins in mid ’92. The band issued the 5-track “Heaven” demo in ’92, the title track and “Rip Your Face Off” appearing on the Snake Bite City compilation on Bluefire Records. Peachrazor competed in The White Hart, Frimley’s Battle of the bands in December ’92. By the time the eponymous “Peachrazer” demo was released in ’93 Ade ? had joined the band on guitar.

Inlay to the “‘Peachzazor” demo. Picture courtesy of Sid Stovold

The band used to treat The George, Ash Vale as their rehearsal room, as it was cheaper than renting a space. That May they played the West End Centre, Aldershot with Creaming Jesus and Swayed; accidentally breaking Creaming Jesus’ bass guitar in half during set change and they ended up borrowing Porter’s. A 2nd track from their demo, “Limbs”, made it onto Snakebite City Two late in ’93. That same year “Heaven” appeared on Return of Farnborough Groove Vol.3. They were beaten by Pomeroy in the GLR DemoClash. The landlord of the The Angler’s Arms, Farnborough on hearing the band do one song as a sound check beckoned them over, “I’m not listening to that shite all night,’ he said, counting tenners as he did so. ‘Here’s your money. Now pack up and fuck off.”



Rip Your Face Off