Heavy Pet­tin

Classic Rock - - The Dirt -

Af­ter call­ing it a day in 1987 af­ter six years to­gether, Scot­tish rock­ers Heavy Pet­tin will play their first live set in 25 years when the re­united band ap­pear at the Win­terS­torm festival this month. They also re­veal that a re­turn to the stu­dio is on the cards.

Tagged ‘the next big thing’ in the mid80s, the Glas­gow band seemed to have the world at their feet. They toured the world sup­port­ing rock roy­alty in­clud­ing Kiss, Möt­ley Crüe, Whites­nake and Ozzy Os­bourne, signed a ma­jor record deal with Poly­dor and had their 1983 de­but al­bum, Let­tin Loose, pro­duced by Queen gui­tarist Brian May. But sadly the good times didn’t last. In 1987 the band mem­bers went their sep­a­rate ways af­ter tour­ing the UK with Mag­num, and their fi­nal al­bum, Big Bang, was re­leased posthu­mously in 1989.

Now they’re back, and will play at the Win­terS­torm festival in Troon, Scot­land on Novem­ber 24. We caught up with vo­cal­ist Hamie and gui­tarist Punky Men­doza to talk about the band’s past, present and fu­ture plans.

Look­ing back, what caused Heavy Pet­tin to split in the late eight­ies? Hamie: Af­ter tour­ing the world for so long and record­ing al­bum af­ter al­bum in the eight­ies, it fi­nally caught up with us. We were burnt out, dis­liked each other and the peo­ple we trusted let us down badly.

Punky: Mis­man­age­ment, a change in per­son­nel at the record la­bel that left the band rud­der­less – and the band’s in­abil­ity to see it­self through hard times dur­ing a pe­riod of change.

What hap­pened af­ter you went your sep­a­rate ways? What other mu­si­cal projects did you get in­volved in? Hamie: I started a band in Los An­ge­les with David Bowie’s gui­tarist Earl Slick and Au­to­graph’s drum­mer Keni Richards. We called the band Dirty White Boy and signed to MCA. Af­ter that I started an­other band with Da­mon John­son called Chyld and we ended up sign­ing to Vir­gin Records.

Punky: I pro­duced demos for bands, mainly for Poly­dor. The Almighty was one band I worked with.

You’re now back to­gether and are play­ing this year’s Win­terS­torm festival in in Novem­ber. How did that come about? Hamie: We’ve been asked ev­ery year since we split up to re­form and play this festival or that festival, but ei­ther my­self or one of the oth­ers al­ways turned it down. This time it just felt right.

Could this reunion lead to the band mak­ing a new stu­dio al­bum or to fur­ther live dates.

Hamie: Yes, def­i­nitely. Gui­tarist Gor­don Bon­nar and I are writ­ing songs as we speak for an al­bum in 2018.

Go­ing back to the eight­ies, you toured with some of the big­gest names in rock. Which mem­o­ries stand out for you from back then?

Hamie: There’s a lot of great mem­o­ries – some crazy, some good and some bad. Tour­ing Amer­ica for the first time was life-chang­ing. Play­ing with so many great bands, most of whom I’m still friends with, was awe­some. Tour­ing the world in a suc­cess­ful rock band and watch­ing it all un­fold through the eyes of the lead singer was pretty fuck­ing amaz­ing. SM Heavy Pet­tin play Win­terS­torm on Nov 24. Tick­ets and info at win­ters­torm.co.uk

Af­ter let­ting the big time slip through their fin­gers in the 80s, the one-time 'next big thing’ re­turn. “We were burnt out, and peo­ple we trusted let us down badly.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.