MICK DEVINE - Hear Now
Release Date: 18th October 2019
Produced by Brian J Anthony
Back in the year that President
Kennedy was assassinated and the Beatles first song entered the
UK charts, Mick Devine was born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia.
Roll on through the teenage years and Mick has moved from the now Zimbabwe to start a new life in Johannesburg South Africa. He was playing in a local band UC27 as a drummer / singer when he met Keith McFarlane from the award winning South African pop group Face to Face who at the time were planning a move to the UK to further their music careers. Mick was invited to join the band as a drummer and Seven was born.
In the UK as the band developed,
it was agreed that Mick was a much better singer than drummer and
he needed to come out from behind the drums to be the lead singer.
Shortly afterwards the band secured
a support slot on their first nationwide tour with 90’s pop group
Brother Beyond where valuable live experience, and a sizeable fan
base were earned. It attracted the attention of Phillip Schofield
who at the time was a Radio 1 DJ, and started to play their demo’s
on his show.
This would prove to be the undoing of Seven, as for many years they had been crafting their sound very much in an AOR rock vein and had a number of really credible recordings and tracks. This was around the time when Soul to Soul burst on the scene and the AOR sound was becoming a little out of fashion in the UK. The band had a real ‘Boy Band’ image and their management and record label pushed them in that direction with the hope that it would break them into a larger market.
John Parr was secured to produce the bands two single EP’s, both of which achieved top 75-chart status and further tours supporting The Monkey’s, Jason Donavan and Richard Marx followed. But as with so many bands without major chart success, the record label dropped them before an album was recorded.
Fast forward through 25 years of
bringing up a family and earning a living, to a chance conversation
between Khalil Turk (Escape Records) and Pat Davey, the original
Seven bass player which led to an offer to finally record the Seven
album that should have been released in the 90’s.
During this period Khalil introduced Mick to Steve Morris (Lonerider / Heartland / Ian Gillan Band) and a song writing partnership developed. Over a number of years they wrote numerous songs in a number of musical styles but all tied together with memorable melodies, lyric’s and killer guitar licks.
Once agin Khalil introduced the awesome American producer & musician Brian J Anthony (Lonerider / Steve Walsh /Overland) into this partnership and the result is the first solo album for Mick Devine called ‘Hear Now’ which is due for release on the 18th October 2019 on the Escape Music label.