From my METAL past

I was in a heavy rock band in the mid-late 80s called Targa.

We had a typical 80s glam look and played music in the vein of Motley Crue, with melodic influences by other bands out at the time like Dokken (with a good dose of the heavier incoming bands like Metallica). It was a good mix.

The band consists of:

Neil Waterman – guitar

Alan Wheatley-Crowe – guitar

Kris Bloomfield – bass

Reiko – vocals

and me on the drums.

We played loads of gigs including several gigs at the Wellington in Shepherds Bush and got our first headlining show at London’s famous Marquee club. Alas we never played it as we split just before. We lost our vocalist and found it really hard to find a good replacement. Then one of the guitar players left and we just fizzled out.

Last week Neil found a tape still in one of his old tape recorders and on it was a recording of one of our very last rehearsals. Recorded using a couple of mics and a tape deck it’s completely live. We were still looking for a singer so no vocals, and the song was a new one that never got lyrics. But it was completely live, and we were 22-23 years old, and I think had some good potential. If we’d have had Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, iTunes and all of the other stuff modern bands have who knows what we might have achieved. Anyway, I’m very happy for you to hear this, warts and all.

I hope you like it HEAVY!

By |2016-10-14T11:00:42+00:00November 18th, 2014|Categories: music|Tags: , , , , |17 Comments


  1. Annette Dewgarde November 18, 2014 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Very good, certainly could have been a hit and sounds very professional. Makes you think what path and how different it would be if you had gone down that route. Love the work you do now.

  2. Jayne November 18, 2014 at 10:11 am - Reply

    Sounds good…which one are you in the picture? Ace drums!

    • Damh the Bard November 18, 2014 at 10:13 am - Reply

      That’s me, second from the left…

  3. Bronzewing November 18, 2014 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Wow! Very together, especially for such young dudes! I must admit, though, I’m glad you went another way with your music or we wouldn’t have Damh the Bard as we know and love him! 🙂

    • Samantha Dearman November 18, 2014 at 10:46 am - Reply

      couldn’t agree more with above comments, certainly has more listening pleasure than some of the ‘heavy metal’ bands that have ‘made it’!

  4. Jon Baldry November 18, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

    That’s really rather good!! Certainly something I’d be listening to still!!

  5. Dee November 18, 2014 at 10:40 am - Reply

    I like it. Love the hair too. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  6. Mark Hussey November 18, 2014 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this. It’s very good. But with your performance at Witchfest this past saturday i am so pleased you took the musical path that you did.

  7. Debby Favell November 18, 2014 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    I like a bit of metal! Great sound! Your dress and makeup style may have changed….but the laugh hasn’t!

  8. larry November 18, 2014 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Id like for you to re work this onto your next album w/ lyrics. Call it Witch Mountain.

  9. Carrie Viscome Skinner November 19, 2014 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Oh yeah, that’s 80’s all the way! I thought I sensed a drummer in you! I’ve just connected with some old band friends from(hold onto your hat, now) the 60’s! Wish we had a recording like this to remember those times with. But alas, we were too stoned to think about turning on a tape recorder, ha-ha!

    Thanks for sharing this, Damh. I too am glad you took the road you did.

  10. Kim November 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    This is incredible – I really like this! I love 80s metal lol

  11. Leonore Newson November 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Oh yes …… ! thank you for this one x

  12. Tatyana November 19, 2014 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    You guys were AWSOME! I was very into the metal glam rock scene back in the 80s. I adored motley crue. & i certently heard motley crue in there. I loved your that! Very good, & i also agree u could have been famous here in the states back in tjosr days for sure. But im also happy you took another path, you are defenatly gifted in the music. & i think i would love any music you do. But love your pagan path.
    Blessed be damh

  13. Alison November 20, 2014 at 2:06 am - Reply

    fabulous love the sound and your hair Dave,in fact that was bloody brilliant

  14. Preest November 20, 2014 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    To my ears it sounds like really good solid NWOBHM (Crue? Really? Nah…), and that lead guitar sounds rather special 🙂

    You know how much I love metal, and how similar our musical tastes are, by and large. In my all too large CD collection I have stuff from loads of great bands that sound similar to Targa. None, however, that sound like Damh the Bard, however. Lucky us.

    Glad the hair remains unchanged, though 😉 x

  15. Rene October 8, 2017 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Looking for the album cover with the armadillo tank on it….any picks of this around?

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