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(2007 – present)

Black Bear Saloon started following the break-up of Larne band Throat. Two members of Throat, Willy Mundell and Russell Crookes, formed Dutch Schultz with ex-Pulszar drummer Darren Gallagher. Concurrently Crookes was also involved in a project known as The John Ford which featured Throat’s Mike Barr on drums and Jeremy Smyth of Los Cabras and Lowend. The John Ford broke up in late 2006 after repeated attempts to find a singer, including an audition with future Black Bear Saloon vocalist Aaron Abernethy.

In early 2007 Barr and Crookes starting writing material with Mundell again, re-uniting three quarters of the Throat line-up. Ex-From Where I Stand vocalist Abernethy was asked to come and try out again for the position of vocalist and was subsequently invited to join.

In November 2007 the band went into Manor Park Studios to record five tracks with producer/engineer Neal Calderwood and proceeded to disseminate them to radio stations and MySpace to much acclaim. The track ‘Broken Fingers’ was played for the Unsigned Band of the Week slot on Daniel P. Carter’s Radio 1 Rock Show. ‘Something To Strive For’ also received much airplay on Introducing… with Rory McConnell, also on Radio 1.

Following the recording session the band started to play live shows. However, after playing only two shows and an impromptu set at Barr’s wedding, Mundell decided to leave the band in Feburary 2008 to concentrate on Dutch Schultz who were about to release their debut album.

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