Where: Philadelphia, PA
What: hard rock with a blues twist
Sounds Like: elements of Cinderella and early years of Whitesnake
Formed back in 1984 around the playing and composing of guitarist/songwriter Doug Gordon the band quickly released their self titled album back in 1985. Limited to a local release Gordon held onto only vocalist Bill Mattson and revisited the remaining line up. Four years later they not only had a record deal with Atco but also the infamous producer Andy Johns recording their impressive full fledge debut Four Winds.
Apparently much like their touring partners Cinderella, Tangier were neatly wrapped up with their alleged peers of the current Glam rock scene but this was far from the truth as to the description of Tangier’s music. Sure it was straight ahead rock and roll but it was lathered in the blues thus unlike the stereotype tag they had already been given. Nevertheless Four Winds garnered some critical and commercial success with minor hits from the mid tempo bluesy tracks “On The Line” and “Southbound Train”.
With vocalist Bill Matson out and Mike LeCompte in, both highly competent within their own right, the band seamlessly followed up with their equally impressive Stranded two years later placing them right in the grunge crossfire. Despite another minor hit courtesy of the title track the music scene was in major transition and needless to say Tangier disappeared to be one of the many casualties of the Glam versus Grunge war.
However, the small but critically acclaimed label Rock Candy have just recently re-released the remastered Four Winds and the official website as recently as November of last year are reporting of working on new material and quite possibly recording in the near future. Frankly considering their mislabeling and mistiming nothing would be better than hearing Tangier come out with fresh material as so many of us missed them first time around. Here is hoping the reports are accurate.
New Artists coming at you all the time.