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UNITED STATES, California, Burbank

Date Formed Mar/1980
Date Disbanded 1988

Categories: Melodic Rock

WHITE SISTER

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Biography

Hailed as the natural successors to ANGEL upon the release of the eponymously titled debut album in 1984, Los Angeles Hard Rock outfit WHITE SISTER even utilised the services of ex-ANGEL keyboard player Gregg Giuffria in the role of producer. The band was formed at the turn of the 80s by lead vocalist / keyboard player Garri Brandon and guitarist Rick Chadock, lead vocalist / bassist Dennis Churchill-Dries and drummer Gus Moratinos joined shortly thereafter to round out the first incarnation of the group. Only drummer Richard Wright, having replaced Moratinos in 1981, could claim any previous recording experience (a member of a couple of undisclosed 'Top 40' bands). Initially called SISTER, the group actually met Giuffria at a gas station one evening, and wound up working with the man in order to perfect the art of songwriting, leading to Giuffria producing WHITE SISTER's demos and, eventually, the first album.

WHITE SISTER signed to EMI America through a deal with Enigma Records. Giuffria also played keyboards on a couple of tracks as well as co-writing the odd tune. Indeed, Giuffria gave the group a previously unheard ANGEL tune, 'Whips', co-written by Punky Meadows for the album and ex-SABU vocalist DAVID GLEN EISLEY (at the time working with Giuffria in the formation of what would become the GIUFFRIA band) also gained a co-writing credit on 'One More Night'.

After the album was released, to a number of outrageously positive reviews, WHITE SISTER contributed the title track to the MGM movie 'April You're No Fool' (the movie was later released under the new title of 'Killer Party' ) before parting company with keyboard player / vocalist Garri Brandon. The keyboard player had shared lead vocals on the first record 50-50 with Dennis Churchill-Dries, but the feeling was that the latter had the strongest voice of the two and should sing lead on the whole of the next record. Brandon simply wanted to remain co-lead vocalist. The rest of the group refused to do this, leading to Brandon's exit.

Brandon would work with JOHN PARR and MARILYN MARTIN prior to a short-term involvement with one of the first attempts to get ANGEL back off the ground in 1986. He was reported to have formed a group called RADIOUX CITY in early 1989. Although this latter group played shows in the Western US, no material was recorded.

Unfortunately, WHITE SISTER was, to quote Dennis Churchill-Dries: 'dropped like a box of hot rocks' by EMI America. Nevertheless, the group continued to record new demos and much of the material would eventually wind up on the 'Fashion By Passion' album. Much of the keyboard work on this second record was performed by Joel Goldsmith, the son of movie scorer Gerry Goldsmith. The demos were cut with Gary Moseley.

By the time the album was released in Europe on the Wolverhampton based independent FM Revolver label, Keyboard player San Franciscan native Dave Vincent had joined the group as a 'permanent' replacement for Garri Brandon. Previous to Vincent's recruitment, WHITE SISTER had briefly worked with Byron Scott of ROKWAY and erstwhile JOSHUA man Donny Gougeon.

Buoyed by the enthusiasm given to the second album WHITE SISTER put in a successful British club tour during early 1987 opening for leading UK AORsters FM. Unfortunately, momentum was lost and the group dissolved.

The group evolved into the more Blues oriented TATTOO RODEO, although the resulting 'Rode Hard, Put Away Wet' album for Atlantic featured a number of songs first premiered on demos under the WHITE SISTER handle. During 2000 Brandon founded FAST MACHINE whilst Wright teamed up with ex-KIX guitarist Brian Forsythe and erstwhile RHINO BUCKET members vocalist Georg Dolivo and bassist Reeve Downes to forge DEEP SIX HOLIDAY. This band managed one solitary gig, opening for L.A. GUNS, before folding.

Surprisingly, the Italian company Frontiers announced the imminent arrival of a new WHITE SISTER album for release during 1998 although in the event this never transpired. However, Dennis Churchill Dries, Rick Chadock and Richard Wright were reported to be in rehearsals during October of 2002. Garri Brandon also agreed to take part in these sessions. By 2003 the band was utilising new keyboard player Kyle Frost for rehearsals.

Although no new WHITE SISTER material had emerged in the first half of 2004, Brandon was still busying himself in the studio with his FAST MACHINE project, having recruited the FOREIGNER and THE STORM credited Ron Wikso on drums.

Former WHITE SISTER drummer Richard Wright passed away on June 14th 2006.

WHITE SISTER made an appearance at the 24th October 2008 'Firefest' event in Nottingham.This set was captured on the 'Straight From The Heart' DVD released in October 2009 by Transistor Pictures. Only 750 copies were issued.

Garry Sharpe-Young

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