The quintet, originally formed in Carnoustie in the late 1990s by Michael Angus and Paul Herbert, have been since inactive playing their final show at King Tut’s in Glasgow in February 2002.
However, the band planned to reform for a live show as part of Idlewild’s 25th anniversary – the two acts having being linked throughout their careers with Mills playing live guitar for them, as well as Roddy Woomble and co covering early Peeps track ‘Palace Flophouse’ for a bonus track on the ‘When I Argue I See Shapes’ single.
Plans for live shows are uncertain at present, but the band have continued with their plan to re-release all their recorded work, having taken back control of the recordings from their record label.
Peeps formed at university in Dundee with original members Angus and Herbert, plus Hamish Fulford and Graeme Williamson, recording their debut ‘Wise Witch’ EP before Angus, Herbert and Fulford moved to Glasgow. When the latter departed, the lineup which would record the bulk of the band’s back catalogue was completed by Martin Bate, JJ Mills and DJ Ferguson, initially recording a single, ‘Muddy Water’/’Last Day’.
From then on until their dissolution the band recorded the ‘Rain and Wires’ EP followed by two long-players ‘The Shot’, and ‘Happiness’.
Since 2002 Herbert and Mills have worked as Ritterskamp, Martin Bate was a radio DJ at Beat 106 / XFm, and Angus and Ferguson were joined by Jenny Bell in much-tipped trio Foxface. Angus later formed Make Love with David Gow (Sons and Daughters) and Colin Kearney (Eska).
Herbert and Mills are also halfway through mixing the new Ritterskamp album, tentatively set for release in 2021.