The Marquee, London
March 23, 1988
|Review by Dave Ling, from Metal Hammer, April 25, 1988|
The last thing you could accuse Outside Edge of doing is playing things safe. With their new vocalist Colin Peel (formerly of Scottish rockers Cannes) making his live debut, they could easily have been forgiven for taking the stage and ripping through a bumper crop of tracks from their debut "Running Hot" LP. But plenty of water has passed under the bridge since that album was released, and two years on there's enough justification for the band to start over again.|
And that's precisely what Frank (note: ** he means Tom!**) Farmer (bass), his drumming brother David, Eddie Golga, keyboardsman Peter Giles and new boy Peel are aiming for. Now that their contract with 10 Records has been terminated there was no pressure to go out and plug the album, so what we were given tonight was a paltry ONE old number - opener 'Heartbeat Away' - and an entire selection of unheard and unreleased material.
It was a bold move, but one couldn't help be impressed by the quartet's self-confidence and cool, melodic sophistication. The arrival of Colin Peel will turn out to be an important element in the future success of this band; he's a dynamic singer who has slotted in well. Though his vocal chords have more in common with the wimpier side of rock, his stage persona and physical features are uncannily like 'Diamond' Dave Lee Roth (sorry, Colin, but it's true!) as he punches the air and furiously back-peddles around the playing area.
However, Outside Edge's new songs are far less Metal orientated, ranging from 'Never Too Late' (shades of John Waite's 'Missing You') to the likes of 'We Are Survivors' and 'State Of Love' both of which stray into Bon Jovi territory by way of some chanted backing vocals. At their most rampant ('Breakaway', for example) they're like a cross between Strangeways and a teddy bear's picnic, but class oozes from every pore in their bodies. Pick of the bunch was the superb encore 'Close To The Fire' an emotive ballad that saw Peel duetting with some restrained keyboards; but when Golga's guitar comes in the song really erupts. Rob Armitage of Jagged Edge was standing a few feet away from me during this number and he was clearly knocked out by the lung capacity of this young singer.
So where do they go from here? Well, according to conversations after the show it looks as though some sort of name change is in order before the band go looking for a second deal, and bearing in mind the fact that they've a new line-up maybe a complete change would be logical. They've certainly got enough quality material to substantiate going back to the drawing board.
|Review by Phil Wilding, from Kerrang, April 9, 1988|
THE LAST time Outside Edge registered anything in my memory was when one of their number was to be seen donning headphones, falling back onto his bed and extolling the musical virtues that Ever ready batteries had to offer. *|
Now, years later, after a songwriting and money-earning trip to Dubai, a shake-up in their line-up and the promise of a new moniker the next time 'round, things have certainly changed.
I caught no names, only a dexterous collection of movement that hurled themselves like tops around the small Marquee stage and still got back to their respective mics to belt out a staggering amount of honed harmony.
Stand out songs, in a set full to overflowing with precise anthemic ditties, were 'Hard On The Heels Of Love', 'Across The Border' and an unnamed encore ballad, consisting of voice and keyboard, that would have had Wembley glowing with raised lighters.
Suddenly OE have lifted themselves onto the mantle that up until now has held aloft Kooga and Strangeways. With three bands of this stature and the demise of Journey, it could well be the start of AOR supremacy becoming a homespun market instead of the pale imitations that we've had to contend with since I don't know when.
Songs, creative arrangement and a presence that does nothing but catch your eye, and an ambience that sucks you into their cacophony of sound. Given that, they have to be my bet for 1989. Now, can I have the interview?
* David Farmer has said that in fact none of the band participated in Eveready battery commercials...