E.F. Band (1978-1986): a Heavy Metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden.
.F. Band, formed in 1978, was a Swedish act that was often lumped in with the NWOBHM movement. The act was founded by bassist/vocalist Pär Ericsson and Bengt Fischer (bass), ex-members of the progressive rock band Epizootic. The pair were initially joined by Tommy Lager (drums). The "E.F." portion of the band's name was derived from the first letter of Ericsson and Fischer's names. After recording their first (split) single, British drummer Dave Dufort stepped in, he had formerly played with Mike Oldfield and Screaming Lord Sutch. Dufort would be with the band to record the Self Made Suicide and Devil's Eye' singles, as well as their Metal For Muthas, Vol. 1 compilation contribution Fighting For Rock And Roll before leaving by the recording of the first full-length album, Last Laugh Is On You, produced by Derek Lawrence of Deep Purple. On that first album, Dufort was replaced by Dag Eliason, making the band an all-Swedish trio once again.
E.F. Band supported their debut album by touring as openers for Rainbow on their European tour. Coming off the road, the band decided to expand to a 4-piece adding Dutchman John Ridge to lead vocalist in 1982 who would be the feature on the second album, Deep Cut, later that same year. Again the band hit the road, this time as support for Saxon on their European tour. Tony Borg was added as extra guitarist but he would soon leave to be replaced by Roger Marsden ex-(Deep Machine, Angel Witch) in 1983. Future King Diamond guitarist Andy LaRocque, then known as Anders Allhage would eventually be added as well. Their third and final studio album, One Night Stand (1985) followed before breaking up a year later.
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2003 saw the posthumous release of the 2-disc retrospective Their Finest Hours, containing all three of the band's studio albums, the Self Made Suicide and Devil's Eye singles, and several unreleased studio and live bonus tracks. The album's final track, Remembering You, is a tribute to E.F. Band co-founder Bengt Fischer who succumbed to cancer on April 5, 2001, written and performed by John Boutkam (a.k.a. John Ridge). Ridge himself died on March 4, 2003 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.
A live album, Live At The Mudd Club In Gothenburg 1983, recorded by the Deep Cut line-up with Ridge on vocals, was issued in 2005.
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