The Alarm









The Alarm

The Alarm

is a Welsh alternative rock band which was formed in Rhyl, Wales in 1978 and were popular in the 1980's. The group consisted of Mike peters (vocalist, guitar player, and harmonica player). David Sharp (guitar player), Eddie MacDonald (bass player), and Nigel twist (drum player). The group was originally called Seventeen. They were a mod/punk band. They toured with the Stray cats in 1980 and then they split up. They played their last gig using the name Alarm Alarm. The band reformed and decided to use the name The Alarm. They wanted to create songs using the electro acoustic sound. The group did their first gig at the Victoria Hotel, Prestatyn, North Wales. The group was noticed by Ian Wilson in 1981 while playing at Upstairs At Ronnieís, in Londonís west End, and hired him as their manager. The group played at the Lyceum ballroom with U2 on December, 1981. In 1982 the group began to record demos, for different labels, but were not successful with them. The band was eventually offered a contract from IRS. The group decided that Peters would sing, Sharp would play guitar, and Mac Donald would play bass. They were playing with three acoustic guitars and the songs just were not recording well so they switched their technique.

The Alarm released a single called, The Stand, in 1983 and was released in the U. K.. The song was released outside of the U. K. As a part of a five track EP called, The Alarm. The group also went on their first tour of the United States supporting U2 in 1983. The group also appeared on television on The Cutting Edge, and American Bandstand. Arrangements were also made with their producer, Mick Glossop, to produce a new single called, Blaze of Glory. After their tour they returned to the U. K. To work with their producer, Alan Shacklock and the new album. They also recorded a music video for Sixty eight guns. Then it was off to America again for another tour. The band continued recording and touring throughout the U. S. And Europe in the 1980's and into 1991. In 1991, Peters announced that he was leaving the band and in spite of trying to go on without him, the band failed and split up soon afterwards.

Peters reformed the band after a successful solo career in the 1990's. There were new members recruited and they were Craig Adams, James Stevenson, and Steve Grantley. Together they released successful albums, and singles. The band, both old members and new members, released a total of 10 albums and 23 singles during the career of the Alarm.