|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||hard rock heavy metal nwobhm 80s seen live blues irish hardrock|
The three McManus brothers began their musical careers as folk musicians, playing the local dancehall and club circuit in their native Northern Ireland. After seeing the Irish electric folk rock outfit Horslips in concert in 1978, they decided to abandon their acoustic guitars and tambourines and become a hard rock power trio. John took on vocals and bass, Pat picked up lead guitar and Tommy occupied the drum-stool. Merging traditional Irish influences with blues and heavy rock, they quickly developed a unique style that echoed Thin Lizzy. Their first two albums contained high-energy boogie and driving blues, but from Turn It Up onwards, they began to show a greater awareness of melody and veered towards AOR, enjoying some US and UK chart success in the process. Realizing the limitations of John as a vocalist, they expanded to a quartet in 1987, adding ex-Airrace singer Keith Murrell. Growing Up The Hard Way followed and was undoubtedly the bands most...