I spoke to Nick a couple of weeks ago, and he put me on to Peter Purnell of CeeDee Management (details at the end) who has been handling the creation of some demos and the search for a recording deal. Peter promised to put a pack in the post and mere days later it dropped through my letter box (despite the "Handle With Care" stickers all over the envelope). Inside was a biography of the band with pictures and a demo tape.
Apparently, Bernie Tormé was unable to continue with the original project, Peter Parks (Fandango) sat in for a while but again couldn't add this to his existing commitments so the search was on for a new guitarist. Sound familiar?
In the event, they turned up a great young talent in the shape of Gary Davis to augment the vocals of Peter Taylor.
Thus, it was with expectation and trepidation I played the tape.
On the first two tracks, Underwood's drumming is precise and strong but has the big sound that screams to be echoing around a huge venue - like Reading or Donnington.
The vocalist Peter Taylor has a distinctive style with unashamedly English pronunciation that yells great, British rock and roll. I wish I could think who is closest in style.
Nick Simper's bass is of course, perfect: fluid, heavy and driving.
I've not heard Warhorse or the original Quatermass, and there's no comparison to MkI Purple or Fandango. Maybe someone with a more encyclopaedic knowledge of rock can draw better similarities than I can, but this is rock and roll the way I like it. On a scale of one to heavy, it's a nine.
Mail-order EP anyone?