Formed in 1983 in the coastal town of Portrush Co.Antrim in Northern Ireland, White Roxx were a promising heavy metal band who didn't make it in the grand scheme of things but lived the rock and roll lifestyle to the full. Their myspace page contains downloads of many recordings including their sought after demo tape and various live gigs. It also provides a detailed band history which makes them sound like Northern Ireland's answer to Motley Crue!
Initially a bluesy Hard Rock band, they progressed to a more agressive, Heavy Metal sound but their 1985 demo tape does not bare this out. Instead it offers a cleaner, more melodic take of their material. This was down to several factors: producer Clive Culbertson's inexperience recording heavy metal bands, the limitations of the recording facilities themselves, the addition of keyboards on some tracks, and (crucially) the decision to use a drum machine rather than a live drummer. This pop-metal demo proved to be too lightweight for the metal labels and too metal for everyone else. As such it was ahead of it's time. It did attract the attention of Terry Hooley who offered to manage the band, but they split up. A farewell reunion gig one year later was recorded and released on video.
Lineup: Jim Douglas (vocals), Peter Manley (ex Archie The Leper, guitar/backing vocals), Noel McAllister (bass), Budgie Diamond (drums). Budgie replaced early on by Mark Lafferty (drums). John Manley (of Archie The Leper) played drums for the 1988 reunion gig.
The music for the next White Roxx album entitled "Second Coming" was completed in March 2011. To date there are 12 new tracks recorded and two re-makes of White Roxx classics from the 80S ("Cold Hearted Woman" and "Long Gone in the Night").
The band are now giving fans and budding songwriters a chance to get involved in the project. You can hear some of the music and find more details about White Roxx "You write the lyrics" at: http://wr07.viinyl.com/
There is also a White Roxx group on Facebook.
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