and/or


TIPS
You have no items in your basket


HOME | NEWS | TOURS | SUBSCRIBE | ENCYCLOPEDIA | NEW RELEASES | LINKS | CONTACT US | FAQ | PRIVACY POLICY
ENCYCLOPEDIA

Encyclopedia entry for 'Band of Light' LETTER:

Formed in 1972
StyleBlues rock
 Original line-up: Phil Key (vocals, guitar; ex-La De Das), Norm Roue (slide guitar; ex-Gutbucket, Lotus, Wolfe), Peter Roberts (bass; ex-Freshwater, La De Das), Tony Buettel (ex-Bay City Union, Levi Smith's Clefs, Fraternity, Band of Talabene)
 Albums: Total Union (WEA/Warners, 1973), The Archer (WEA/Warners, 1974).

History
Phil Key had spent eight years with La De Das before forming Band of Light in October 1972 as a more introspective, personal venture. Ian Rilen replaced original bass player Peter Roberts after only three gigs. Master slide guitarist Norm Roue and drummer Tony Buettel completed the line-up.

Band of Light immediately established a slow, heavy blues style dominated by Roue's stinging slide work. Key also introduced a quasi-religious philosophy into the band's lyrics that espoused racial equality, social justice and spiritual harmony. Band of Light was one of the first local bands to use a symbol (a yin-and-yang-like circle set within two contrasting yet harmonious triangles) to represent the bands philosophy and approach. The band worked the Sydney and Melbourne pub/festival circuit alongside Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, Carson, Coloured Balls, Chain, Madder Lake, Buffalo, etc.

Band of Light scored a national #18 hit single in July 1973 with the infectious boogie rocker `Destiny Song'/`Over `B'' which was followed by the album Total Union (August). Mostly the album was standard hard rock, slow 12-bar blues and boogie, but the best tracks revealed Band of Light to be an energetic and funky rock band. The second single `Free Them From Hunger'/`The Cat' (August) and the non-album `Moonstruck'/`If' (November) failed to chart. `Destiny Song', `Moonstruck', `Free Them From Hunger' and `If' were later combined on the rare Band of Light EP. Roue, Rilen and Buettel all left Band of Light in mid-1974. Roue went on to join Buffalo, Rilen helped form Rose Tattoo in 1976 and Buettel went into production work. Key was ready to record the band's second album and called in Bill Williams (bass) and Dannie Davidson (drums; ex-Tamam Shud, Kahvas Jute) to complete The Archer.

That album had a much drier sound than the debut and failed to chart. The single, `The Archer, A Sagittarian Rhapsody'/`Silus The Sun', was not successful. Ray Vanderby (keyboards) and Eddie Hansen (lead guitar; ex-Ticket) filled out the basic three-piece line-up for live dates, but by the end of 1974 the band had broken up. Key ended up driving taxis in Sydney for many years. He died in May 1984 as a result of a congenital heart condition.



Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop / Ian McFarlane 1999
under licence from Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd

EXCLUSIVE FEATURES

1200 Techniques
Bluebottle Kiss
Butterfly Effect
Casanovas
Cassar-Daley, Troy
Cat Empire, The
Church, The
Cog
george
Gerling
Hayes, Darren
Jet
L.F.O.
Lazy Susan
Little Birdy
Living End
Plunja
Powderfinger
Secret Life Of Us
Sleepy Jackson
Something For Kate
WHAMMO 2003 CHARTS!
Whammo Feature Guide

BROWSE BY GENRE

Adult Contemporary
Alternative
Compilations
Country/Blues/Roots
Dance/Electronica
DVD/Video
Female Vocals
Hip Hop/R&B
Male Vocal
New releases
Popular
Punk
Rock
Soundtracks

GUARANTEE

Pay Types
Whammo ensures secure shopping online. Australian prices are inclusive of GST. Overseas prices are an estimate and may differ slightly from the final price. Whammo does not pass on customer details or email addresses. If you have any concerns please email us at help@whammo.com.au