Peak – Australian Progressive Rock

Formed in Adelaide, South Australia in 1980 the band has prolifically worked on a wide range of musical compositions for the last 40 years.

PEAK is Robert Reekes-Parsons, Paul Fisher and Colin Forster. The members are multi-instrumentalists, with Reekes-Parsons gravitating more to keyboards, Fisher to guitars and Forster on basses.

How would you classify PEAK’s music? If you were to listen solely to Innovative Communications (Klaus Schulze’s record label) promotional spiel after the 1983 re-issue of the album “Ebondàzzar” you may think PEAK was a group largely influenced by KING CRIMSON and GENESIS. The reality is that PEAK has moments where they emulate the style of these prog giants, as well as progressive electronic great TANGERINE DREAM. Having said this, the complex intertwining of guitar and synthesizer may mostly remind of Manuel Göttsching’s ASHRA and seems to belong in the sphere with the Berlin School-aligned artists, though this is not always the case as is witnessed when listening to the whole album.

PEAK has two albums.

“Ebondàzzar”, initially released on Cement Records, Australia in 1980, then re-issued in Germany by Innovative Communications in 1983. On “Ebondàzzar” Reekes-Parsons is credited with playing keyboard synthesisers, vocoder, strings, electric piano, tubular bells and fragmented guitar; Fisher’s credits are guitar synthesisers, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboard synthesizers and electronic effects. To date “Ebondàzzar” has not been issued on CD.

“Slizdecixs Untie” was released in 2019, almost 40 years later.

– Chris ‘Coops’ Cooper (T.Rox) – Prog Archives

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