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Brighton Rock – Young, Wild And Free [1986]

BRIGHTONROCK_YWAFAt the core of Brighton Rock’s powerful brand of  rock ‘n’ roll  are stunning guitar pyrotechnics and a voice that is at once melodic and powerful. The voice in question belongs to 23 years old Gerald McGhee, a Scotsman who left his native Glasgow in 1967 for Hamilton, Canada. On guitar is Greg Fraser  who was born and brought up in Niagara Falls, Canada. The explosive pairing of the two men’s talents, combined with the group’s sophisticated songwriting, draw the blueprint for Brighton Rock’s success.

McGhee and Fraser, along with Stevie Skreebs (bass,vocals), Mark Cavarzan (drums) and John Rogers (keyboards, vocals) formed Brighton Rock in 1984. Knowing that hard rock was the key to success, the group began its career by spending four months locked up in a basement, practising 12 hours a day, six days a week. When Brighton Rock re-surfaced, they were boasting impressive musicianship and strong original material.

One of the songs they wrote during this period, “Breaking Down the Barricades”, would turn out to be instrumental in their rise to success. Brighton Rock submitted the tune to Toronto’s Q-107 Homegrown Talent Contest. One of 700 entries, it rose to the top and was picked to appear on the 1984 edition of “Homegrown”, a yearly compilation produced by Q-107 which gives vinyl recognition to the area’s best new bands. It was then that WEA Music of Canada started taking interest in the group.

A debut four-songs mini LP, released independently on the group’s own Flying Fist Label in December 1985, garnered excellent response in the band’s native Canada and generated favorable reviews in such diverse markets as France, U.K., Scandinavia and USA. After proving themselves on the road for another ten months of musical bootcamp, Brighton Rock were able to show WEA Canada that they meant business. With strong original meterials, a great stage show and phenomenal musicianship, the band proved their point. Following Brighton Rock’s signing with WEA Canada, the US market was quickly secured via a deal with ATCO Label.

Well-known hard rock producer Michael Wagener became aware of Brighton Rock through pne of their demos. What he heard impressed him so much that he went out of his way to find time to work with the band. Recorded at Toronto’s Phace One Studio, mixed in Los Angeles at Amigo, and produced by Wagener “Young, Wild and Free” brings Brighton Rock into the major league of rock ‘n’ roll.

The rallying cry of “We Came to Rock” (the debut single and video), the aggressive “Save Me”, and the sweeping ballad “Can’t Wait For the Night” rank among the album’s highlights. After hearing this most impressive debut, it is clear that Brighton Rock deserves a choice spot in the current resurgence of melodic hard rock. Brighton Rock are young, wild and free, and they are heading for massive success. Take heed.

Band Members
Gerald McGhee – Lead Vocals
Greg Fraser – Lead Guitar,Backing Vocals
Johnny Rogers – Keyboards,Backing Vocals
Mark Cavarzan – Drums
Stevie Skreebs – Bass,Backing Vocals

01. Young, Wild And Free
02. We Came To Rock
03. Change Of Heart
04. Can’t Wait For The Night
05. Assault Attack
06. Jack Is Back
07. Save Me
08. Nobody’s Hero
09. Barricade
10. Rock ‘N’ Roll Kid

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