Suns of the Tundra

November 2019 The wait is over! You can now order our new album!

 

September 2019 press release

SUNS OF THE TUNDRA SIGN TO BEM; NEW ALBUM IN NOVEMBER.

Bad Elephant Music is proud to announce the signing of UK based alternative rock band Suns of the Tundra. 

Formed in the early 2000’s from the ashes of the previous band Peach - which included Tool bassist Justin Chancellor - Suns of the Tundra is comprised of members Simon Oakes (vocals and guitar), Andrew Prestidge (drums), Andy Marlow (bass, backing vocals), and Mark Moloney (guitar). Simon also takes on the role of chief songwriter, as well as collaborations with the other band mates. They have an impressive live résumé by playing festivals such as Latitude, Download, Green Man, and All Tomorrow’s Parties and more.

Suns of the Tundra have three acclaimed albums under their belt: a self-titled debut (2004), 'Tunguska' (2006), and the concept album 'Bones of Brave Ships' (2015) as well as 2009 EP release, 'Illuminate'. They are a perfect addition the BEM family. Their rock stylings fit right in with label-mates The Fierce & The DeadShineback, and Reformat.

'Murmuration' will be the first release for BEM. It is a remarkable combination of precise vocals with hard-driving instrumentation especially with the bass and drums of Marlow and Prestidge propelling the songs along, complimented by Oakes and Moloney’s guitars joining the plethora of sounds to provide an experience that the listeners will never forget.

“We’re overwhelmed to be joining BEM”, says Mark Moloney on behalf of the band. “Long-time fans of Suns Of The Tundra will not be disappointed with the new album!”

“It’s great to be working with Suns of the Tundra on their fantastic new album,” said BEM’s David Elliott. “It was all down to the chance that my wife and I were teamed up with Andy at the PROG Magazine pub quiz- total synchronicity!”

'Murmuration' will be released on 15th November on CD and digital download.

 

September 2018 update - we have completed a new 7-track album which we hope to have mastered and digitally released very, very soon, with some kind of limited physical copy (CD or vinyl) to follow too. We'll keep you updated here.  This will be our fourth long-player (five if you count 1994's 'Giving birth to a stone'). The other albums are all available to order as CD or vinyl here. 

 

In Summer 2017, Suns of the Tundra performed (kind of) at Hyde Park in London.

We were joined by our good friends Adam Wolters and Al Murray onstage to play a 30-minute set under the name Geyser.

Stoked to have supported our childhood heroes from Genesis, and Debbie Harry too. Thanks to everyone who came to see us!

 

OCTOBER 2016

WE are excited to announce our first LONDON UK show in quite a while.

Tickets from SEE TICKETS 

 

APRIL 2016

THANK YOU to everyone who stayed up to watch us at ATP last week. And thanks to Barry Hogan and Stewart Lee for giving us the closing slot to play. We'll put some film up of the performance in due course. In the meantime here are some photos (thanks Ian).

 

 

 

We play All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) this coming weekend 17 April. This is a big deal for us, having always loved bands like Sonic Youth, Galaxie 500, Bevis Frond, Giant Sand - all these acts (or parts of them) are on the bill too. We get to play the closing slot for Stage 2 on Sunday and we'll perform Bones of Brave Ships in its entirety, with film projections. All the acts this year have been chosen by the so-called 'guest curator' Stewart Lee. Stew is, in fact, the mystery voice on our (Peach's) 1993 recording of You Lied. If you go to the BIO page here at our website, you can read Stew's account of that recording session.

 

 

Here's a home movie from 2006. Here, we're recording the bass and guitar for 'Soil' which made it onto Tunguska.

Thanks to everyone who has purchased a vinyl copy of Bones of Brave Ships via our store here at sunsofthetundra.co.uk. We try to get them shipped out to you as fast as we can.

 

 

Suns of the Tundra played a surprise gig at DOWNLOAD festival on Saturday 13th June.

The surprise was that we appeared under the name 'Geyser' and comedian Al Murray played drums alongside Andrew Prestidge.

Set list: Wired, Babytalk, Rockford, You Lied, Last Man on Earth