Formed in April 1991 in San Francisco, USA, as Now Hear This, this hard rock outfit first met at the auditions for lead singer Bogdan Jablonski’s previous band, Warsaw, at Jackson St. Studios. This process saw the band evolve to include Bob Coons (guitar), Tony Anthony (bass; once auditioned for Metallica) and Steve Quartarola (drums). Jablonski had been singing in Bay Area bands for over ten years, and had studied under Barbra Streisand’s and Frank Sinatra’s vocal coach, Judy Davis. He had also sung background vocals for Testament. The band played their first shows soon after this line-up was in place, recording their material at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley in 1993 for release as a demo (which saw the band’s original name, Now Hear This, revived as its title). This was touted around until the band secured a contract with European label Rock The Nation. In 1994, the tracks were remixed for release at Trax East Studios in New Jersey, while the band supported the likes of Primus, Helix and others on the road.
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