SVEN GALI: First UK Performance In 25 Years @ Hair Metal Heaven Festival

Canadian rockers SVEN GALI will be returning to the UK for the first time in […]
August 30, 2018

Canadian rockers SVEN GALI will be returning to the UK for the first time in 25 years to headline the Friday, September 14th night of the Hair Metal Heaven Festival in Kingston upon Hull. Joining them on the 3 night event will be LA GUNS, H.E.A.T, KEE MARCELO BAND, KIP WINGER, KILLER DWARFS and more.

Vocalist Dave Wanless comments:

"It's been 25 years since we toured the UK, looking forward to a great weekend playing with great bands for some of the best rock fans in the world."

Formed in 1987 in Hamilton and Niagara Falls, Ontario, SVEN GALI brought the 80's and 90's hard rock/metal wave home to Canada. They delivered their high-energy live show from St. Johns to Victoria and across the USA along with Europe for the next 9 years touring with bands such as APRIL WINE, FOREIGNER, CANDLE BOX, PEARL JAM and DEF LEPPARD.

Twenty-five years after their self-titled debut album went Gold (50,000 units) in Canada, they are back with a monster new single called "Kill The Lies" recorded with legendary producer David Bendeth (PARAMORE, BREAKING BENJAMIN, BRING ME THE HORIZON). Released on June 10th, 2018, the new track is no throwback to the 90's, but a heavy, modern rock song that doesn't look back. A part of the proceeds from the sale of the single will go to support cancer research in the name of founding guitar player Dee Cernile whom passed away from cancer in 2012.

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The 2018 lineup includes all 3 remaining original members: Dave Wanless (vocals), Andy Frank (guitar), Shawn Minden (bass) and new members Sean Williamson (guitar) and Dan Fila (drums) from Canadian metal powerhouse and BMG label mates VARGA.


Recording Band Line Up:
Dave Wanless (Vocals)
Andy Frank (Guitar)
Sean Minden (Bass)
Dan Fila (Drums)

Live Band Line Up:
Dave Wanless (Vocals)
Andy Frank (Guitar
Sean Minden (Bass)
Dan Fila (Drums)
Sean Williamson (Guitar)

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SVEN GALI built a name fast with their live shows; drawing growing crowds on the Canadian and US circuit while building their songwriting chops and a wild reputation. David Bendeth signed the band to BMG Music Canada in 1991 and produced the self-titled debut, released in 1992.

The album included singles and videos for "Under The Influence", "Tie Dyed Skies", "In My Garden", and the ballad, "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" (#6 CanCon song of 1993). It included a cover of TEENAGE HEAD's "Disgusteen" featuring guest vocals by Frankie Venom. The video for "Under the Influence" won the MuchMusic Best Metal Video award in 1993. The band was nominated for Hard Rock Album of the Year and Most Promising Band at the 1993 Juno Awards. SVEN GALI went gold in Canada that year selling over 50,000 units.

Their follow up album, Inwire (1995), recorded at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, was produced by Kelly Grey (CANDLE BOX, BROTHER KANE, DOKKEN) and featured guest musicians Christopher Thorn of BLIND MELON, and CANDLEBOX's Kevin Martin and Scott Mercado.

The band toured for the next year before disbanding in 1996 to now reform in 2018.


Kyle Scott

Jon Asher
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