unlikely you've ever heard anything quite like SAILOR before in
your life, because they are, quite simply, unique. An over-worked
word, that, and applied to all kinds of people with as much claim
to uniqueness as any one pea you care to draw out of a
But you can apply it to SAILOR, not only for their repertoire, with its echoes of waterfronts, bars and bordellos, but to the sounds they use to colour the stories they tell. That monstrous machine on stage is the Nickelodeon a custom-built bank of keyboards played by two musicians and soemthing you won't hear from any other band.
The SAILOR sound has already resulted in the group having had Top Ten hits in Europe (with their first single Traffic Jam') and becoming, in an incredibly short time, one of the most feted and popular outfits in Holland, Belgium and Scandinavia. The day before this tour started saw their return from a triumphant concert trip around Scandinavia.
Georg Kajanus (guitar and lead vocals), Philip Pickett (Nickelodeon, guittaron and vocals), Henry Marsh (Nickelodeon, accordion and vocals) and Grant Serpell (drums, percussion and vocals) are the musicians who got together some 18 months ago to form SAILOR. Before that they had worked together from time to time (originally in Paris, at 'Le Matelot' club an artists and musicians' hang-out) and built up a healthy mutual admiration society.
Signed to Epic Records a year ago; they also have the unique distinction of having made their BBC2 TV debut on the 'In-Concert' show before the release of their first album "SAILOR" (EPC 80337). Their stage show is still mainly made up of numbers from that album,- but there are some new songs too.
When the lights go down and the curtain comes up to show that stage lit by a single red light, you're going to see one helluva good band. Hello, SAILOR!
Many thanks to Heike Obst (Germany)!