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Warp Drive - 1989 Gimme Gimme

ARTIST: Warp Drive
ALBUM: Gimme Gimme
LABEL: Music For Nations
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Mark Woerpel - vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass * Stevie Ray Draeger - guitars, vocals * Cary Kaylan - bass, vocals * Mark McConnel - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bang The Drum * 02 Moments Away * 03 I4U * 04 Crying Girl * 05 Words * 06 Eyes On You * 07 Take, Take Me Now * 08 Rock 'n' The Boat * 09 Stay On, Stay On * 10 Making Time Stand Still * 11 Cover Me

A band from Wisconsin, and bought under the wing of the Atco/Nalli family. Released in late 1989, this album got some severe praise heaped on it at the time. Even the erstwhile Mr Kelv Hellrazer saw fit to rate this opus the 'essential 100' in the sadly missed Metal Forces magazine. It's the sort of album which has many flavours, including straight out HM as well as classy melodic rock of the arena/stadium variety. This would indicate that only a band such as Warp Drive had the talent to pull this off. Woerpel and Draeger's guitar work has a lot of TNT's Ronni LeTekro in it, without his OTT soloing style.

The Songs
Opening up with 'Bang The Drum', Warp Drive deliver chant-a-long choruses followed by the driving rhythm of 'Moments Away'. 'Crying Game' is like a bombastic Mr Big, with divebombing guitars, and Billy Sheehan styled bass playing. The kick drums of ex Madame X drummer Mark McConnel work overtime here. 'I4U' has that same lazy smoky balladry which a band like Guns N Roses or Skid Row would describe as one of their mellow moments if they were doing it. 'Eyes On You' is another glorious effort, big vocal choruses accompanied by some stunning rhythm and lead guitar which has Van Halen/TNT written all over it. Another contender is the fantastic AOR of 'Stay On Stay On', massively rich vocals on the choruses. 'Making Time Stand Still' has a certain epic feel to it, amid all the serious guitar riffing and booming drums going down. Mark's vocals veer ever so close to Christian AOR hero Michael W Smith, with that husky and raspy vocal ever present. The album closer 'Cover Me' is like a heavier Beau Coup, mid paced, and overly melodic.

In Summary
As is the usual story, the band slipped back into obscurity as fast as they appeared, leaving behind the legacy of one superb album. A true contender for the 'one-off wonder' award. I have yet to see where the above personnel moved onto, however they can at least rest in the knowledge that they left behind one massive slab of melodic rock.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on December 20 2007 08:44:31
I've had one or two people ask me over the years why I raved about this band so much in 'Kerrang!' Well, in my opinion they produced a great record. Too bad they never got round to releasing the follow up. I was lucky enough to see them play a two set gig at a club called Network in the Baltimore area in 1990. Despite the fact there was hardly anyone in the place they played a blinder. A very underrated band indeed.
#2 | gdazegod on December 20 2007 10:26:09
The soloing at the 3 min 30 mark reminds me of Trevor Rabin. One of the guys is playing one of those Roland Guitar Synthesizer thing-a-me wotsits! Wink
#3 | sabace on April 03 2008 17:42:56
A fine LP. It reminds me of a cross between HYSTERIA era Def Leppard and Hagar era Van Halen!
#4 | englandashes on June 12 2009 12:13:07
Stay On Stay On, excellent track, didn't Mark Woerpel, go on and be connected to Blackfoot in some way?
#5 | reyno-roxx on June 12 2009 14:11:36
The Warp Drive album was originally released in the US on Al Nalli's label.
Mark Woerpel did later record and tour with Blackfoot, as recently as 2004 actually. He played a big part in the recording of the 'Medicine Man' and 'After The Reign' albums.
Mark more recently involves himself with recording projects for his dad's record label that deals primarily with Native American music.
Mark McConnel had previously played with Sebastian Bach in VO5 and Madam X. He later played with the likes of Ace Frehley.
Stevie Ray Draeger previously recorded the 'Guaranteed' album with glam-ish band Thrills Galore. I have that album somewhere.
Cary Kaylan was a member of the Ruby Starr Band prior to Warp Drive.
Interestingly, the original drummer (and the guy who cut the album with them) was Vinnie 'Vin E' Dombrowski, latterly the multi talented musician who fronts alternative rock outfit Sponge!
#6 | englandashes on June 12 2009 22:08:40
Nice one reyno, thank you!, hence the Native American connection in the bang the drum video.

Ruby Starr Band, seem to remember a picture of her, in one of those Kerrang specials, which were half size booklets they came in a series, one of these series concentrating on female vocalists.
#7 | reyno-roxx on June 12 2009 22:25:29
I still have all those issues with the booklets. Actually, I think I must have all the issues up til 1995. Either Derek Oliver or Geoff Barton would've written the Ruby Starr entry.
#8 | gdazegod on June 13 2009 02:15:21
Ruby Starr was quite a fox in her day. I've recently been starting a compilation of pictures of her from around the Internet..
#9 | reyno-roxx on September 20 2011 16:41:57
Don't understand the down and out hatred of this record over at mr.com. I question whether some people on there actually like melodic rock the amount of spite and bile in evidence whenever anyone brings up an album or band to 'discuss'. Thank God for Glorydaze!
#10 | gdazegod on October 20 2012 10:21:14
Didn't know this, but Mark McConnell died of lung and kidney failure on May 24, 2012. RIP.
#11 | super80boy on August 02 2014 16:14:08
This is a worthy private press independent effort for sure. I've had the MFN CD for many years, but recently acquired the original Nalli vinyl pressing. Side 1's closer 'Words' is a powerfully intense song. Side 2 has one great song after another. Highly impressed with the inventive arrangements and melodies that were all over this album.
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