Medusa Touch was born in 1983.
Gogsy had just finished his time playing with punk Band THREATS from Edinburgh. He had started jamming guitar with his good friend Joe Gardner. Joe introduced Gogsy to MSG, Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Saxon and instantly there was a keen interest in getting a band started. Twin guitars like Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy was a great fit for Joe and Gogsy and the jamming sessions were definitely centred on this style.
At the same time but separately, Mike Murray and John Allison had started jamming drums and bass together. Drummer and bass player looking for guitarists, and 2 guitarists needing drums and bass. A marriage made in heaven? Mike had placed an advert in the local music press and the 2 teams got together for a few jam sessions and it all started to gel together. Next a vocalist.
Colin was the last to join the band and the first line up was done. Next a name. Loads of options were tabled. Each member had their favourites, nobody agreed with the others, so a vote was taken. Everyone had two choices. Everyone’s first choice was different but every second choice was Medusa Touch. That was it a band was born.
The band played together for about a year and a half from 1983 to end of 1984 when the first couple of changes came about. Joe found it difficult to commit his time to a band seeking success and dropped out. He was replaced by Colin Stewart who was a seasoned guitar player playing in local bands in Midlothian and around Edinburgh. The NWOBHM of the time was a lot heavier than Colin was previously used to, but he loved it. Around the same time John Allison left the band to be replaced by Lee. At the time John also played in a local band playing local clubs and weddings. They were an excellent band and had been on TV a couple of times trying to get somewhere in their field. John needed more time to do that, so was replaced by Lee. Not long after Lee joined, it was obvious that Havy Metal was not really Lees “Thing” and he needed to be replaced.
1985 seen the entrance of Craig Robertson on Drums. A great drummer, our drummer who could use double pedals. He wsn’t only a beast of a drummer, he was quite technical when he wanted to be. He added a great variety to Medusa Touch especially as the Thrash bands had just started to make a real appearance.
It was in late 1985 that Mike left to pursue and moved to London in search of fame. Medusa Touch tried and tried to find a replacement bass player but had no success. What do we do? ALL CHANGE. Colin moved onto bass, Gogsy took on guitar and vocals and Craig on Drums.
1986 the new look Medusa Touch hit the road. Now heavily influenced by the emergence of the Thrash bands but not a thrash band themselves. This 3 piece is probably the Medusa Touch that most people remember. This band played in this for till 1989. Still playing the rock scene around Scotland but never getting any interest from record companies of the day. The hair metal scene was in full flow at the time. Great music, but certainly not the Medusa Touch look.
Finally, Craig left to join another band and Gogsy and Colin enrolled John (Snoddy) Snodgrass and Mikey Hunter on Guitar and Drums. This line lasted another 2 years. The band never officially broke up, but just stopped playing.
Fast forward 29 years and they are back! Obscure NWOBHM Releases (ONR) records released the bands first album, Terror-eyes Anthology, in August 19. The album has been greatly received with fantastic reviews. Medusa Touch Hit the road in November 19. Bookings for 2020 are looking fantastic too with 3 festival bookings confirmed and a number of other gigs looking good too.
Gogsy: Lead vocals, guitar, banter
Nigel Robinson: Backing vocals, guitar
Demy: Backing vocals, Bass
Bruce McInnes: Backing vocals, Drums