Armed and Ready -CARMINE BRUDENELL
SABRE began cutting into the music scene in December 1980; the band being formed around the four-piece nucleus of Allan Angold (drums), Alan ‘Bill’ Beschi (guitar), Nick Fusco (guitar and backing vocals), and Geoff Gillespie (guitar and backing vocals).
After agreeing on a policy of ballsy but melodic rock, the search for a vocalist began. This proved to be a lot easier said than done, but after much auditioning Nick Pyatt joined and they set about recording a demo tape. The finished product was played to A & R people and it received a fair amount of interest from various record companies.
However in November 1981 Nick Pyatt and the band amicably parted company and the search for a replacement began. This was found in Rob Brown (ex Preacher) but a couple of months later he inexplicably left and Sabre were back to square one.
At the beginning of this year the line-up was at last completed, when the vocal talents of John Ward were enlisted, and now, after a length period of rehearsal, Sabre emerge as a rapidly maturing band. Their recording debut will appear in the form of a track on the second Neat compilation album ‘Leadweigt!’ and also in a single release titled ‘Miracle Man’ (also on Neat); the latter being a powerful cut with a barrage of twin lead attack, complemented by a driving rhythm section.
Sabre are at the moment rehearsing for a series of dates in the U.K. and also for some in Denmark where they will be supporting Mercyful Fate. They are also looking for a good manager; the previous one has gone to the U.S.A.
SABRE: ‘Miracle Man’ (Neat)
A long delayed release from this South London lot. Sounds a bit sharper than many Neat singles cut at Impulse, so has the cuttingedge to go with its inherent power. Rough and tough, fast but melodic and definitely worth checking out.