“Square One”, the album that brings together two iconic members of the classic Tygers Of Pan Pang formation – vocalist Jon Deverill and guitarist Fred Purser – is released today by Mighty Music.
An album that has been 30 years in the making. “It’s kind of proggy really I suppose” says Fred, “With a good helping of rock” adds Jon.
Check out Purser Deverill «Square One» lyrics video below:
Fred Purser, born in County Durham, in the tough North East of the UK, began his musical career proper with feted New Wave band “Penetration”. Brought in to beef up their sound he contributed to two albums for Virgin Records until the band felt that they had said everything they could and Fred went back to being a ‘gun for hire’ guitarist. That is until he received a call from Tygers management who were seeking a short-term replacement for guitar maestro John Sykes (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) who had departed without warning on the eve of a French tour. Tom Noble from the Tygers management company had seen Fred playing in a Newcastle club and was impressed with his mastery of complex Steely Dan guitar solos. With no time to audition a new guitarist Fred seemed an obvious choice. The only cloud on the horizon was the fact that the French tour was due to begin in a week’s time. “Can you learn the set in a week?”Fred was asked. Seven days later he answered that question in style. Long curly hair, trademark ripped t-shirt, every bit the quintessential rock star he stood on the stage and replicated the finger knotting solos that Sykes had contributed to the band. In attendance were representatives from the band’s record company, who had been worried about losing Sykes. They nodded their heads in approval of the new boy. Fred was in for good.
One album later (the bestselling “The Cage”), successful tours of Europe and Japan under their belts and the band imploded. That would have been the end of the story had not Fred already begun writing material for bands next album. Undeterred by the mess that was left behind in the wake of the Tygers dissolution, Fred enlisted his now friend, Tygers singer Jon Deverill, to work on the songs he had begun to write. And here, some 30 odd years later, the two friends have finally finished that album and, with an interesting twist of fate, signed to the Tygers current record company Might Music.
And you might wonder what kind of music is produced by two Yes, Pink Floyd, Queen and Zeppelin loving musicians one of whom has run his own recording studio for 30 years and the other who carved out a new career as an actor?“It’s kind of proggy really I suppose”says Fred, who must be the only guitarist to embrace both New Wave and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. No surprise there then.