Monday, April 26, 2010

"We'll Mesmirize You All WIth Our Hair"


Just found this one in the archives. I suspect it'll be easy, because this particular photo looks really familiar to me. Though you can't tell from this scan, the original photo was giant for a promo shot—must have been 9" x 12".

At first glance this reminds me of something from the late '60s or '70s. Thus, we can pretty much assume that this band didn't come out of mid-'80s LA. Or did they...?

In case you didn't notice, the guy on the left really wants you to know that he's the drummer, dammit! He's sporting a drumstick necklace and a cymbal badge. Guy on the right just looks a little...troubled. Like maybe he's worried people are gonna find out he's underage and the my-first-mustache just isn't convincing people otherwise.

Yeah, it's an odd mix of fellows in this one. Here's hoping we can figure this one out and find out what became of this lot.

UPDATE: Jojo has pegged these guys as "Saxon clone" Battleaxe, who were, in fact, Brits and who played a minor role in the NWOBHM. They put out a pair of rather unremarkable albums in the mid '80s (their first, at right, had an incredibly bad cover), but never really went anywhere. Believe it or not, they are confirmed for Headbanger's Open Air 2010.

18 comments:

curt said...

Hey you are still alive!

I was about to send you one of my (in)famous "pulse checks" via email. ha ha....

this is a good one.

*I love the drummers jewelry!

Curt King
Demolish Fanzine

"who's ears are still ringing from the OVERKILL show last Thursday"!!

Jymbo said...

Let's narrow this down... they look American. East Coast maybe? Am I warm?

AT said...

Not close at all. I'm kind of shocked it has taken so long. I mean this band is obscure, but they weren't total amateurs.

Jymbo said...

Not even close?! Damn...

A couple of guys look familiar like they were in other bands, maybe?

curt said...

They look German (and or Eastern European) to me.

Curt King
Demolish Fanzine

Keir said...

Yeah, I was thinking German too but I just don't recognize them.

jojo said...

Definitley British, the drummer is wearing a Lonsdale shirt. Is it Tyton?

AT said...

Not Tytan, though a good guess. Same era.

jojo said...

Okay not Tyton, is it Battleaxe?

jojo said...

Battleaxe, a Saxon clone, c'um on it's gotta be

AT said...

Correct! It's Battleaxe. Nicely done.

jojo said...

That was fun , keep em coming!

curt said...

damn! I even have their LP's too.

Good one.

Curt King
Demolish Lair

Keir said...

Ah, Battleaxe! The definition of mediocre NWOBHM. I should have got that one. Good work jojo.

Jymbo said...

Hey Adem, who is in the background shot at the top of the blog?

~Jymbo

AT said...

Kind of surprised that no one's asked that sooner. Unfortunately, you'll have to guess, just like all the other photos.

Keir said...

Ah, it's just some crap band named Hollow Instinct. ;)

AT said...

Haha! Good one!