Sunday, January 15, 2006

White Sister- S/T

No, I am not making this band name up. These guys did two albums in the mid-80's and generally got some good reviews. I saw the band name in a catalog called Metal Disc probably 20 years ago and wondered what they were like. I bought it recently for a decent price and gave it a listen. If an 80's band had a full time keyboard player then you could probably guess they would be kind of on the light side of hard rock and White Sister fall into that category. They have split vocal duties as the bass player and keyboard player each sing lead on five tracks. This album was done in 1984 and there is a big Journey influence with a lot of melodies and in your face keyboards. There are a number of nice guitar riffs as well from Rick Chaddock who would later form Tatoo Rodeo. The guitar parts tend to remind me of Dokken from say Under lock and key. My biggest problem with the album is that it's just not that memorbale. They are good musicians, but the writing is overall just very plain. The songs tend to wander a little bit instead of flowing. The album was produced by Greg Guiffria (Angel, House of Lords and Guiffria) and he is also credited with additional keyboards as if it needed additional keyboards. The keys are a bit too far in the foreground for my tastes, but keyboard player Garri Brandon is a better singer than bass player Dennis Chruchill. Brandon definitely has a rougher more rock sounding voice. Not as good as I had hoped, but decent enough. I am always thrilled to find out what some barely known 80's hard rock band sounded like. That's just me I guess, but I may have some more short reviews of obscure and not so obscure albums coming soon.


Blogger Ben Heller said...

Around 84, 85, there were lots of bands that were trying to sound like Journey.

They were never that big in the UK but I know they were huge in the States.

How's everbody sleeping ?

10:03 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

Exactly, Escape and Frontiers spurred a lot of bands to add keyboard players and try to achieve similar commercial success. Most of those bands didn't see much success.

Everyone is doing fine now, thanks. I was going to describe the baby as small with lots of dark hair, but that also describes Ronni James Dio as well.

12:09 PM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

I remember reading something about these guys in Circus or Hit Parader back in maybe 83-84. There was a quote in there that was something like, "We want to be the kind of band a girl could bring home to meet her parents."

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there in '82 -'83 onthe strip and these guys were huge. As big as Ratt, Steeler,Motley(early on) and Great White.

10:52 AM  

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