Comprising Joel Andersson (vocals), Lawrence West (guitar), Mats Järnil (bass) and Per Johansson (drums), part-American but Swedish-based hard rock unit Crawley formed in 1992. Most of the members had played together since 1986 in sundry under-achieving heavy metal groups. The idea for Crawley was first mooted when Andersson and West began working together in 1987. Subsequently Andersson moved to America (where his family resides) and formed a band named Foreign Legion. He returned to Sweden in 1990, at which time Crawley was officially formed. However, that was not the end of the group’s complicated pre-history. Andersson travelled back to the USA to start a car business in Florida while the remaining members concentrated on recording demos. It was not until February 1992 that they were able to tempt their leader back. On the basis of existing demos the group was signed to the Soundfront Record Company almost immediately, and released their debut album, Addiction, in the summer of 1992. As well as 10 of their own songs it included a cover version of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Freedom’. Prestigious local gigs followed, including an appearance at the 1993 Zeppelin Gala.
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