PROGAOR05: SNOWMEN-Rock and Roll Communication - Studio Recordings 1982-83 CD £12
With their chilly white faces and hair, originally attacked the heavy rock scene from the icy heartlands of Pennsylvania. The core of the group, singer DALE LEE, guitarist KEVIN DEVER and the drummer only known as ANIMAL, formed a band in Erie, Pennsylvania called SPEEDQUEEN. With this band, they toured the East Coast and Canada. After a considerable number of performances, the band members decided they wanted to be more visual and theatrical so as to give full value to their audience. Hence, the SNOW MEN were born, with a full blown stage production including state of the arts special effects and the Snowmen's outlandish makeup and costuming.
The Snowmen came out for their first official gig on Christmas 1977 at the Roadhouse in Jamestown, New York. After making their presence felt on the East Coast, the Snowmen moved to sunny California. That's not to say that they've forsaken their original fans, in fact the Snowmen have toured and continue to tour extensively. They have played clubs and concert halls in New York, California, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Canada. They are currently preparing to embark on a nationwide tour to promote not only themselves, but a good cause as well. The Snowmen are turning all the profits over to the YMCA in each local area they play.
The Snowmen have also been active in the recording studio. The Snowmen's self-titled debut LP on ICE RECORDS is being followed-up by the single "TAKE A BETTER LOOK AT YOURSELF" b/w "ONE DAY AT A TIME". Both tracks will also be featured on the group's follow up LP, as yet untitled.
Whether it's recording their stage shows or TV appearances, such as the NBC NEWS segment "SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK'N ROLL STAR" which featured them, the group always strives to entertain to the fullest and to bring maximum enjoyment to their audience.
(80s band biography)
File under: Hard Rock, Melodic Rock, 80's Rock.
For fans of: Loverboy, April Wine, Night Ranger, Autograph.
PROGAOR04: RUNAWAY-s/t CD £12
Belgian obscure Melodic Hard Rock band that released back in 1998 this album on CD-r sold only at gigs, Runaway includes two Shannah members (reissued by Blood and Iron and Lost Realm back in 2016). Frank Deroubaix, apart from Shannah was years before on Axel an 80's Heavy Metal band from the Belgian underground. Runaway will finally see their debut album released properly remastered by Frank himself and we promise it will appeal to all connoisseurs of european styled AORish Hard Rock.
As guitar player Frank Deroubaix was looking for a new “Shannah” singer, in May 1995 he met Dave Varlet (leadvocals / bass) who was looking for a guitar player. That was most convenient.
Almost immediately Dave and Frank started writing songs together and because of their mutual passion for Melodic Hard Rock and A.O.R. it was clear that was the style of music they wanted to pursue.
In September ‘95 they were asked to perform a benefit concert in October so they put together an occasional 5-piece band under a new name “Runaway”.
Alain De Kegel (keyboard player from Shannah), Jo De Boeck (drums) and Nathalie Renders (backing vocals) completed the band.
With hardly a month of rehearsing their first performance was a great success and soon new gigs were booked so they decided to continue “Runaway”.
More songs were written and demos were recorded but the line-up was not stable yet.
Nathalie and Jo left and by April ‘96 Wim Van Kerkhove joined as the new drummer so “Runaway” continued as a 4-piece band.
After a lot of gigs in ’96 to try out the new material 3 songs are recorded at D.K. studios (Destelbergen – Belgium) in February ’97.
These songs are released as a self-produced demo called “Act Of Romance”.
Lots of electric and acoustic gigs followed and a few festivals in the summer of ’97. In September ’97 the band returned to D.K. studios to record 10 songs for their first cd and to shop for a record deal to release it.
Tired of waiting for record companies’ interest, they released their self-produced debut-album independent in 1998 with a number of excellent reviews as a result.
Unfortunately not much had happened since the release and some members start losing faith in Runaway. By January ’99 Dave decides to concentrate on the vocals, musicians come and go, original drummer Jo De Boeck returns to the fold but Frank had a bad feeling about all these changes, it was a different band.
In May ‘99 Frank announces he will leave the band, Dave continues with a different line-up but that version of Runaway died a quiet death within a few months.
During the following years everybody did join different bands, Alain De Kegel (Beyond The Labyrinth / WACO), Dave Varlet (Beyond The Labyrinth / Shellcase) and Jo De Boeck also joined “Beyond The Labyrinth” but at a different time as the others.
Frank Deroubaix formed the band “2nd Skin” together with Wim Van Kerkhove and they released an album in the same style of Runaway in 2005.
File Under: Melodic Hard Rock, AOR.
For fans of: Terra Nova, Emergency (Hol), Masquerade (Swe), Casanova, etc.
PROGAOR03: BRIAR-Reach Out - The 1988 Lost Album CD £12
BRIAR were one of the many names that popped up in the wake of the 80's in the fervent NWOBHM movement in the U.K. After a debut 7" in the Happy Face label (Diamond Head, Cryer, etc.) in 1982 and an album three years later on the legendary Heavy Metal Records (Quartz, Shiva, Witchfinder General, Wrathchild, etc.), Briar established themselves as one of the most prominent names in the British Melodic Metal/Hard Rock scene of the 80's, along with emerging or already established acts like the Tygers of Pan Tang, Tokyo Blade, Black Rose and Tobruk.
This album is basically the project for the 1988 album that the band hoped to be released by CBS/Columbia, when they signed with the major label. The management and label choice at the time was to send the band to record cover versions so the "Crown of Thorns" album was born as a marketing strategy for major radio airplay and cause an impact in the mainstream Pop/Rock scene. So the band's plan to get released the "Reach Out" album was suspended. The band never liked the idea of having their best songs written to date put on hold while a covers album was being released in several countries, but finally after 30 years, these songs will be released by PROGAOR. This is BRIAR's finest hour, the band was at the top of their game with superb songwriting skills creating a collection of 9 songs that all melodic Rock fans should have in their collection. Released for the first time on CD, this will include a detailed band history, several band pictures, song lyrics and liner notes by Dean Cook (Briar drummer). Like if wasn't enough, we also offer as bonus tracks the 1990 demo and 4 live tracks recorded in 1991 and 92.
1. Gimme All You Got
2. Stop Me Foolin
3. Everybody Needs
4. Show Me The Way
5. Gettin Stronger
6. Reach Out
7. I Wanna Know
8. Stop Me Now
9. Party All Night
10. Love Comes Down (cleveland House Demo December 1990)
11. Someone For Everyone (cleveland House Demo December 1990)
12. Take On The World (Cleveland House Demo December 1990)
13. To The Moon (cleveland House Demo December 1990)
14. All She Wants (live at Cardiff Bogiez Sept 1992)
15. Show Me Now (live at Cardiff Bogiez Sept 1992)
16. One More Chance (Live at Coventry General Wolfe June 1991)
17. Some Day (live at Coventry General Wolfe June 1991)
All songs Written & Performed by Briar.
All Produced by Strida (George Bond).
Tracks 1 to 9 recorded 1988.
File under: Melodic Hard Rock, AOR.
For fans of: Heavy Pettin, FM, Shy, Tobruk, etc.