DEEP THROAT

Biography

The roots of Antwerp based DEEP THROAT were to be found in the rock and blues scene. Originators Jan Boeken (vocals), Roger Roscam (bass) and Luc Ebinger (drums) started out in 1980 already, and they always struggled to complete a satisfactory line-up in the early days. Indeed, the band went through quite a few guitarists ... For the first two years DEEP THROAT was firmly into blues, which slowly evolved to a more rock oriented style.

In 1982 two demos were recorded, including 5 songs each. Unfortunately I have no further info concerning these releases, as I have yet to hear them myself ...

In early 1983 DEEP THROAT also participated in Joepie's Rock '83 talent contest. They were one of 178 (!) bands to send in a demo and they were selected to appear during one of the five selection gigs, including five bands each. These selections took place all over Belgium and as such DEEP THROAT performed live at Zaal Lux in Herenthout on April 23rd 1983, alongside AVEC, SOLID STATE, THE PRIME & THE TUNES. And although DEEP THROAT didn't advance to the final, they did receive an 'incentive bonus' of BF 10.000, which was the equivalent of Euro 250 back in those days.

In late 1983 they finally found the right guitarist in Marc Herremans (ex BACKSLIDER), and DEEP THROAT's style changed to pure heavy metal as a result. Plenty of gigs and festival appearances followed, and it became apparent that a second guitarist would only be beneficial to the band's new style. In July of 1984 they finally managed to persuade WICKED WIDOW guitarist Patrick Vanschooren to join DEEP THROAT. In fact, they had first found out about Patrick when WICKED WIDOW played support to DEEP THROAT at the Gemeentelijke Feestzaal in Vorselaar on July 8th 1984. Patrick's first rehearsals with DEEP THROAT took place in Kontich the next week already.

The first live gig of this new DEEP THROAT line-up was on September 28th 1984 at the Bierkelder in Balen. Only to be followed by another show at La Folie in Genk two days later.

DEEP THROAT continued to gain more live experience and planned to record a 4-song demo in December of 1984. In the end it turned out that DEEP THROAT's 3-song demo was recorded in early November of 1984 already, at the Nightingale Studio in Antwerp. Reason being that there was a possibility that DEEP THROAT would be able to play support for KILLER at the Marquee in London on November 17th 1984, but in order to be considered to do so they needed to have a recording to convince the organisers. This opportunity to support KILLER came about due to the fact that some of DEEP THROAT's members were also roadies for KILLER at the time.

As far as I know, that support slot to KILLER at the Marquee never happened, but, on the evidence of said demo, DEEP THROAT did sign a deal for three albums with Mausoleum Records in late November of 1984. There was also talk of DEEP THROAT being able to do some gigs in England in July of 1985. By that time though, DEEP THROAT had already been forced to change their name, due to a German band by the same name claiming the rights. The Belgian DEEP THROAT subsequently changed moniker and became SCAVENGER in late 1984.


Discography

1982 : At Ace (demo) {?}

1982 : At Blitz (demo) {?}

1984 : (Demo) {Heartbreaker, Into The Fire, Vengeance}


Consulted people

Marc Herremans, Patrick Vanschooren


First posted

January 10th 2007


Latest adjustment

October 3rd 2007




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