AMERICA loves it. So does Canada, Asia, Israel and Mexico. All thanks to a song called On My Own, featured in the movie Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Because of that infectious tune, London-based electro-pop trio Peach, known as Peach Union in the US because of copyright issues, has been on a high. Since its album, Audiopeach, was released in December, the group has been going places on music charts around the world.
On My Own was played more than 2,000 times a week on American radio, according to Billboard Magazine. In Canada, it hit No. 2 and it reached the top spot in Israel as well. In Singapore, the song has made it to the top five on radio station Perfect 10's chart.
"One song does go a long way!" says Peach member Paul Statham, 37, and the group's "multi-instrumentalist." But strangely, back home in Britain, the song and trio have been met with less enthusiasm. "I think it has to do with Radio 1," adds vocalist Lisa Lamb, in her late 20s. Radio 1, she explains, is the largest and only national radio station, and it pretty much determines whether a band makes it to the scene. Unfortunately, Radio 1 has not been keen to play the Peach song. Perhaps the group took a little too ong to release the album, Statham adds.
Peach was formed abou three years ago. He and Pascal Gabriel - whose special skill is producing, and who is not here with the group because of a back problem - were working on a project together to record a pop album. They met Lamb and invited her to join them. They thought her voice was perfect, and the result was "Audiopeach" - a mixture of 10 electronic dance and pop tracks. "Two years ago, the Euro-pop flavour on the album would have been okay." he says.
However, they are not too upset. "One thing about this album: it may not have sold millions of copies, but it has an international sound," says Statham. "People from around various parts of the world like it." And, as an afterthought, he adds: "As long as it gives us enough money to carry on."
Carrying on is one this the Peach members did for years before banding together. Belgium-born Gabriel has been making dance music for the last decade, with Bomb the Bass and S'Express. Statham, from northern England, was writing and recording with British gothic-rockers Bauhaus' vocalist Peter Murphy. Lamb, born to South African parents, was a jazz singer.
"As a musician, you make music because you love music," she says. "Obviously you hope people like it. But you do it because it burns in you and that's why you put up with years of poverty and ridicule." But what if people start calling Peach a one-hit wonder? "It's better to be called a one-hit wonder than a no-hit wonder," says Statham, grinning. "I've always liked the idea of being a one-hit wonder. The first page I turn to in magazines is the Where Are They Now? column." And he actually has been featured in British magazine Q's Where Are They Now? column three years ago, with a band he formed back in school called B Movie.
"I see this as my first hit, in what would be a long and fruitful career - no puns intended," says Lamb. There will definitely be a second Peach album although the group may take some time off for a vacation. Say what you will, but the due certainly did it on their own.