Walk The Wire – Walk The Wire [1994]

Country United Kingdom          

Style AOR

Rating 86/100

Band Members Andy Webb – Guitar, Backing Vocals, Mike Barker – Bass, Backing Vocals, Nigel Hobbs – Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Paul Watkins – Lead Vocals, Philip Wilson – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Tracks 01. Quadrature, 02. Remember, 03. Nothing To Lose, 04. On The Run, 05. The Knives Are Out Tonight, 06. Stand Up And Fight, 07. Storm Warning, 08. Hold On To Your Dreams, 09. Running From My Heart, 10. Crossfire

Profile Walk The Wire (originally known as ‘Frozen Heart’) was formed in early 1988, the musicians having been previously involved in Chelmsford bands such as Reflex, Atmospherix, and Deep Six. The band spent a year in the studio writing material and finding their own style and emerged in January 1989 with about an hour and a half’s worth of strong, melodic rock songs hallmarked by catchy choruses and powerful musical arrangements.

The band started demoing material in recording studios with a view to getting local exposure and very soon radio stations had latched on to songs such as ‘Heart of the Night’, ‘Party Girl’, ‘The Knives Are Out Tonight’ and ‘Shout It To The Top’. Live appearances followed and soon the band had picked up a loyal following.

After a couple of years working the London live circuit and earning support slots to bands such as Dr Feelgood, Magnum, Romeo’s Daughter, and FM, the band finally got the break it deserved and won the BBC Radio One Rock Wars contest. The reward for this got Walk The Wire into the BBC’s famous Maida Vale studios to record a session which got subsequently played several times on the Tommy Vance Friday Rock Show – a major event back in 1991!

After a couple of line up changes in the early nineties, the final line up (including new guitarist Andy Webb and drummer Phil Wilson) at last managed the seemingly impossible – a record contract with EMI-Toshiba. The band’s first and only album was recorded at London’s prestigious Maison Rouge in May 1994 (at the same time other occupants of the studio were Simply Red, Bjork, and Take That!). The album got released in June ’94 to rave reviews in the rock press and it seemed that all the band had to do was to carry on their hard work touring and getting the music out there. Sadly, further line up changes were to destabilise the strength of Walk The Wire and finally in 1995 the guys called it a day.

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